(Washington Times) – St. Petersburg, Russia has adopted a new policy designed to protect young people from exposure to propaganda by homosexual rights groups. The policy has created controversy amongst gay rights group.

On March 7, 2012, Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko signed into a law a bill that will fine individuals up to $170 and companies up to $17,000 for violating a ban on “public actions aimed at propagandizing sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors.”

The St. Petersburg law also includes amendments introducing stricter punishments for pedophilia.

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