LGBT activist challenges gay propaganda law
ST.-PETERSBURG, May 16 - RAPSI. LGBT rights organization founder Nikolai Alexeyev filed a complaint on Wednesday with the St. Petersburg Charter Court. He has requested a compliance check for the newly adopted city law banning the promotion of homosexuality among minors, the organization reports on its website.
In his complaint, Alexeyev maintains that by adopting the law the legislators have violated the St. Petersburg Charter, which provides for ethnic equality and freedom of consciousness and convictions. Thus, the citys Legislative Assembly has violated St. Petersburg's unshakeable traditions stipulated by the charter, the report states.
The law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors was adopted on March 30 and has gained many supporters and opponents. Any individual who breaks the law may now be fined in St. Petersburg for an administrative offense.