20:17 GMT +3 hours26 November 2014
Live
World

Seattle Mayor Counters Russian Consul’s Criticism over Gay Rights Protest

World
Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia (120)
400
The mayor of Seattle has vigorously defended his participation in a protest against Russia’s recently enacted law banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships, during which he held a “Stop Putin” sign, in an official letter to the Russian consul-general that was also posted online.

WASHINGTON, September 17 (RIA Novosti) – The mayor of Seattle has vigorously defended his participation in a protest against Russia’s recently enacted law banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships, during which he held a “Stop Putin” sign, in an official letter to the Russian consul-general that was also posted online.

Consul-General Andrey Yushmanov defended Russia’s treatment of homosexuals in comments reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Yushmanov also complained that he was “unpleasantly surprised” by photographs showing Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn holding the sign during the protest which was held outside the consul-general’s residence Sept. 3.

“Personally, I’m sure that to portray the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, in such a way is absolutely unjustified,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Yushmanov as saying Monday.

But McGinn countered that he was supporting “Seattle’s values” and that “…I stand with the conviction that these Russian laws, which negatively affect LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] people and their families, should be repealed.”

While proponents of the new law argue it is aimed at protecting children, critics claim the legislation is part of a much wider crackdown on Russia’s LGBT community.

McGinn, who is running for reelection, is trailing his opponent, State Sen. Ed Murray, according to a recent poll cited by a local television news website.

Murray, who is openly gay, also attended the rally outside the consul-general’s residence, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

 

Topic:
Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia (120)
Tags:
gay propaganda bill, gay rights, seattle