Russia backs nationwide 'anti-gay' bill

2013-01-25 22:09
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday gave overwhelming initial approval to a draft law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors that could lead to gays being fined for demonstrating in public.

The State Duma backed the measure with 388 votes in favour, one against and one abstention after a brief debate.

The heavily pro-Kremlin chamber then broke into applause.

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