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President Obama Has No Patience for Russia’s Anti Gay Law

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

President Barack ObamaPresident Obama stepped into the controversy around Russia’s new “gay propaganda” law. The Huffington Post reports:

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he has “no patience” for countries, like Russia, that intimidate and harm individuals based on their sexual orientation. Obama criticized a new Russian law cracking down on gay rights activism during an interview with NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”, saying he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays and lesbians and transgendered persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.” Russia has said it will enforce the law when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics. Asked whether the law would impact the games, Obama said he believes Putin and Russia have “a big stake in making sure the Olympics work.”

President Obama has also cancelled a planned meeting with Vladamir Putin.

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Moldova: Court Strikes Down Local “Gay Propaganda” Ban

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Moldova Flag - Pink NewsA court in the European country of Moldova just struck down one of those odious “gay propaganda” bans – you know, the ones that basically say even mentioning homosexuality can be considered propaganda and land you in jail. Pink News reports:

The Balti Court of Appeals gave its verdict on the case on 28 February, which was that the ban approved last year by the city council was unconstitutional. It also ruled that the ban violated human rights, reports RFERL. The court also went on to criticise another decision which proclaimed that Balti was “a zone of enhanced support for the Orthodox Church.”

Are the courts in Russia watching?