Ukraine Shelves ‘Gay Gag’ Bill After Worldwide Outcry

Lawmakers in Ukraine have shelved a bill that would have banned any promotion of homosexuality, including “holding meetings, parades, actions, demonstrations and mass events aiming at intentional distribution of any positive information about homosexuality.” There has been worldwide outcry about the proposed measure, which would have conflicted with Ukraine’s ability to join the European Union. Still, anti-gay sentiments remain strong in the former Soviet republic as evidenced by the violent counter-reaction to a Pride march in May.