2012-05-23 10:25:00

Arkhangelsk sexual minority activists lose appeal against prohibitive legislation

Arkhangelsk, May 23, Interfax - The Arkhangelsk Regional Court has thrown out an appeal from sexual minority activists to annul regional legislation banning public events that may be seen as part of the propaganda of homosexuality.

In doing so, the court upheld the stance of the regional prosecutor's office, which said in a statement: "The office of the regional prosecutor believes that the sole purpose of the points in regional laws that are disputed is to prevent the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. These points are sufficiently clear, they do not require any interpretations or explanations, nor do they affect the rights or interests of the sexual minorities as long as persons belonging to this category comply with Article 17 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation in exercising such rights and freedoms, namely as long as they do not violate the rights and freedoms of other citizens."

The appeal had been filed by the Rakurs association.