Russian Supreme Court Upholds But Limits ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law

The Supreme Court of Russia has ruled that the “gay propaganda” law passed in St. Petersburg earlier this year is constitutional, but carved out narrow guidelines for how it can be applied. According to the ruling, it can only be enforced against direct appeals to minors to engage in homosexual activity, meaning that gay pride parades, gay rights demonstrations, and basic education about sexual orientation are all still legal. Since its passage, the law has been used to arrest participants in pride parades. A similar law is advancing in Ukraine’s legislature.