Russian’s Hold Off Gay Propaganda Bill

Lawmakers in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, have postponed a debate on a bill that would outlaw “gay propaganda.”

The bill, which won overwhelming approval by lawmakers during its first reading last week, would criminalize “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.” Offenders face a fine of up to $1,600 under the bill proposed by the dominant United Russia party.

The bill’s author, Vilatly Milonov, said talks broke down after lawmakers failed to agree on the bill’s “legal definitions” and fines imposed.

“We have decided to double-check all legal definitions related to this bill,” Milonov told reporters on Wednesday.

Gay rights activist have condemned the bill.

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