Bil Browning

State Department Condemns Russian Anti-Gay Legislation

Filed By Bil Browning | February 10, 2012 9:43 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Russia, St Petersburg, State Department

"We are concerned by proposed local legislation in Russia that would severely restrict freedoms of expression and assembly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and indeed all Russians. 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. We have also consulted with our EU partners on this issue. They share our concerns and are also engaging Russian officials on this. The United States places great importance on combating discrimination against the LGBT community and all minority groups."

-- A State Department spokesperson responding to a question about St. Petersburg Russia's recently passed local legislation preventing any pro-gay demonstrations or literature.


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