The Commercial Appeal

Police break up rally by gay activists

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MOSCOW — Russian police arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalis­ts who confronted them at a rally Saturday that was declared illegal under a new law against “gay propaganda.”

Officials in St. Petersburg deemed that the rally, which took place in a space designated for public demonstrat­ions, violated the law. The statute essentiall­y prohibits public displays of homosexual­ity, as well as talking about it to children.

About 200 nationalis­ts also gathered at the rally, chanting slogans such as “Sodomy will not pass,” and throwing eggs and rocks at the gay-rights activists, who numbered about 40.

In England, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his support for same-sex marriage in a message to mark gay and lesbian Pride Day.

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