The US State Department is deeply concerned by the bill proposed in St. Petersburg’s city legislature imposing fines for the promotion of homosexuality.
The United States denounced Wednesday a Russian bill imposing fines for the promotion of gay “propaganda” among young people in the city of Saint Petersburg.
“Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights,” the State Department said, repeating a declaration by top US diplomat Hillary Clinton.
“We have called on Russian officials to safeguard these freedoms, and to foster an environment which promotes respect for the rights of all citizens.”
In its statement, the State Department said it was “deeply concerned” by the bill proposed by the United Russia faction. The text passed in its first reading last week in the city’s parliament and would need to pass in two further readings to become law.
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