Advocate: Ukrainian lawmakers pull anti-gay bill after international outcry

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July 7, 2012, 10:22 a.m. |

Nationalists try to block activists of the Ukrainian sexual minorities movement from protesting on July 6, 2012 in Kiev against a proposed bill to be debated in parliament to ban the advocating and promotion of homosexuality. The bill would amend existing laws on "the protection of morals", media and publishing, as well as the criminal code, effectively banning virtually all information on gay and bisexual issues and criminalizing gay militant human rights work in Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY

Lawmakers in the Ukraine pulled a scheduled vote Friday on a controversial bill that would prohibit people from speaking favorably about homosexuality. All Out, the international LGBT advocacy group, reported on the failure of the bill to advance after Ukrainian leaders heard criticism from human rights advocates and key European officials. Advocates against the law delivered a petition on Thursday with 120,000 signers to Ukrainian authorities at the European Union and Council of Europe.

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