St. Petersburg Postpones Second Reading For Anti-Gay Propaganda Law

The St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly is postponing the second reading of the so-called anti-gay propaganda bill, after lawmakers were unable to agree on the amount of fines residents would have to pay for spreading “homosexual” propaganda. Russian activists have been protesting the measure in front of the Legislative Assembly and more than 100,000 signatories are asking the legislature to defeat the law. The second reading is now scheduled for Nov. 30. The measure calls for a fine of up to $1,600 for “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors” and is intended to limit any public discussion or display about the LGBT community. The bill will become law after three readings.