Russia faces protests over ‘gay propaganda’ law

A proposed law banning ‘gay propaganda’ in the Russian city of St Petersburg has sparked reaction across the world.

Legislators in the city have temporarily shelved the bill, which would impose possible fines of more than €1,000 on all “public activities promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender identity”, RIA Novosti reports.

The US State Department is among those who have protested at the legislation. A spokesperson said the department was “deeply concerned” at the developments, adding: “As Secretary Clinton has said, gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.”

“We have called on Russian officials to safeguard these freedoms, and to foster an environment which promotes respect for the rights of all citizens,” the spokesperson continued.

Source and full story: The Journal, 24 November 2011

Tom Sullivan