Protests against Russia's anti-gay laws in 33 cities

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Protests against Russia's anti-gay laws in 33 cities

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Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside Downing Street in London demanding that British Prime Minister David Cameron raise the issue of gay rights in Russia at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg on Thursday and Friday.

Similar demonstrations have taken place in 33 cities around the world as part of a campaign against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Political campaigner Peter Tatchell who attended the protest after a meeting with British Foreign Office minister Alistari Burt said: “I put it to the minister that we’d also like David Cameron to get gay rights put on the G20 summit agenda and for a joint communication by world leaders at the G20 calling for the respect for not only gay rights in Russia but respect for all human rights in Russia.”

Critics of the law claim the anti-propaganda law does not permit gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anybody who voices support for homosexuals.

The legislation also bans the adoption of children by same-sex couples.