Florida Mayors Support LGBT Rights with Stern Letter to Putin

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:06 am | Updated: 2:58 pm, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

Tallahassee, FL (WTXL) - Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman all came together to send a strongly worded letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin about gay rights. 

The letter comes just days before the eyes of the world set on Russia for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

"It is due in great part to our concern for our friends in Russia that we are disturbed to learn about any potential infringement upon the rights of persons identifying as LGBT.", the mayors say. 

"Each of our cities, as well as our Russian sister city counterparts, is home to countless persons identifying as LGBT and entitled to the same rights and privileges as everyone else."

In June of last year, at the urging of President Putin, Russian Parliament passed the controversial "Anti-Gay Law". The measure because official in June last year. Under the law, both Russians and visitor are banned from "homosexual propaganda". People found to violate the ban are subject to fines and jail time. 

The mayors said in closing their letter,"we strongly urge the Russian government to reconsider any and all laws that violate the basic human and civil rights of its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender

citizens and visitors."

The Kremlin has yet to respond to the communication. 

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