Austrian Freedom Party Launches Legal Challenge Against ‘Gay’ Traffic Lights

A combination of photos shows gay-themed traffic lights in Vienna

A traditionalist conservative party has protested against the installation of special gay traffic lights in Vienna by lodging a criminal complaint against a member of the city council. The street signage was installed to mark the coming of the Eurovision song contest to the Austrian capital.

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The Freedom Party, better known for its strong opposition to the Islamisation of Austria, and its membership of the European Union, is bringing the case against Maria Vassilakou, Green party deputy mayor and head of city transport, reports

Installed in homage to the 2014 Eurovision winner, bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst, the new Vienna pedestrian crossing signs feature gay, lesbian and straight couples lit up in traditional green and red. The Freedom party claims that as Austrian laws governing the appearance of road markings, signs, and lights hasn’t been amended the lights are technically illegal, and at a cost of some €63,000, they are a waste of taxpayer money.

The Freedom party’s transport spokesman has called the lights gender politics “gone mad”, and the money would be better spent dealing with Austria’s unemployment problem. Vassilakou has countered the accusations, insisting the lights are in compliance with Austrian traffic laws.

The success of Conchita Wurst in last year’s Eurovision was met with some controversy in the United Kingdom, after it was revealed the full 12 points given in the competition to Austria by Britain wasn’t the result of the widely publicised public vote. In fact, while those voting by telephone in the UK voted overwhelmingly for the cheeky Polish entry, a small group of British judges instead selected a transvestite Austrian to receive the points.

While the progressives of Britain celebrated at the time for the enlightened decision of the panel, there was debate over why exactly Brits had voted for Poland in such great numbers. Was it large volumes of Polish migrants texting in for their home country, or were thousands of British husbands forced to endure proceedings merely delighted to see a dozen young Slavic women churning butter?

You can make up your own mind: