‘The Civil Chamber of Kostroma Regional Court has ruled that the region’s ban on gay and lesbian pride and two rallies is illegal—a ruling that goes against the local law that bans gay propaganda toward minors. The court found that gay pride marches and rallies are not propaganda, but, according to GSN, “a way of conveying information to the public.” The decision takes immediate effect, so organizers can already begin applying for permits.
The Kostroma region followed St. Petersburg’s “gay propaganda” law by passing similar legislation in February 2012. The court’s recent ruling in favor of allowing gay pride rallies may have a positive effect toward eventual repeal of existing anti-gay laws. We’ll keep you posted.