Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gay Pride Participants Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia

Gay pride celebrations in the United States celebrated the two Supreme Court victories this week that declared unconstitutional section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and that allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California.  

But in other parts of the world the situation was quite different.  Some reports from St. Petersburg Russia are that every one participating in the gay pride parade there was arrested for violating a law promoting homosexuality.  Click here for photos of the parade and of the arrests.  Other reports say that the number of arrests was only about 60 persons, but of these many were severely beaten.  Click here for more information.

The St. Petersburg law setting fines for "gay propaganda" among minors entered into effect on March 30, 2012. It faced strong criticism from rights activists both in Russia and abroad, but the upper house of the Russian Parliament passed a similar federal bill this week banning promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations.”


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