Rus­sia tears down mon­u­ment to Steve Jobs as Ap­ple CEO comes out gay

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

ARus­sian group of com­pa­nies or­dered the de­struc­tion of a memo­rial trib­ute to late Ap­ple founder Steve Jobs after the tech­nol­ogy gi­ant’s cur­rent CEO, Tim Cook, came out as gay last week. In an open let­ter pub­lished in Bloomberg Busi­nessweek, Cook de­clared that he is “proud to be gay” and con­sid­ers be­ing gay “among the great­est gifts” God has given him.

ZEFS, which orig­i­nally had the six-foot mon­u­ment, in the shape of an iPhone, erected out­side a col­lege in St Peters­burg in Jan­uary to pay homage to the achieve­ments of Jobs fol­low­ing his death from can­cer in 2011, has since taken the decision to dis­man­tle it, cit­ing a need for it to abide by Rus­sia’s “gay pro­pa­ganda” laws, Reuters re­ports.

“In Rus­sia, gay pro­pa­ganda and other sex­ual per­ver­sions among mi­nors are pro­hib­ited by law,” a state­ment is­sued by ZEFS reads.

A 2013 memo­rial to Steve Jobs in Saint Peters­berg

torn down be­cause of Tim Cook’s sex­u­al­ity.

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