The Milwaukee Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee on Sept. 17 approved a resolution that condemns the persecution of LGBT in Russia and calls upon Russian leaders to repeal anti-gay laws.
“Russian lawmakers crossed the line a long time ago with their infringements on the rights and freedoms of the country’s LGBT population,” said the resolution’s primary sponsor, Ald. Tony Zielinski. “But it’s even more alarming that these Draconian laws could allow Russian officials to detain and prosecute gay people and their allies who are visiting from other countries. The international community must come together as one against these abuses.”
Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that allows police to arrest people – citizens and visitors – for promoting LGBT “propaganda.”
Putin also has signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children to gay couples and to any couple or single parent living in a country where marriage equality exists, according to Zielinski.
The resolution is co-sponsored by Nik Kovac, José G. Pérez and Robert Bauman.
The resolution says Milwaukee has a long-standing commitment to fighting discrimination and it calls on Putin and other Russian leaders to repeal the anti-gay law.
With the resolution’s approval by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee, it is expected to go before the full Common Council for a final vote on Sept. 24, according to Zielinski.