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Canada tells gay travelers to avoid St. Petersburg

Canada? has advised gay and lesbian travellers visiting St. Petersburg, Russia to take extra precaution in the wake of a new law in the city banning “homosexual propaganda.”

The star reports:

Canada is warning gay and lesbian travellers bound for Russia?s historic St. Petersburg to be wary after the city enacted a new law banning what it calls homosexual propaganda.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has told the House of Commons he is deeply concerned by the legislation, which he says runs counter to core Canadian values of freedom of speech, human rights and the rule of law.

The warning comes after the governor of St. Petersburg signed a law that makes it a criminal offence to publicize acts of sodomy, bisexualism or lesbianism.

The city says the law, which comes into effect Saturday, is designed to protect children.

But gay rights groups see it as part of a backlash led by some politicians and the Russian Orthodox Church.

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