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07/13/2013

Reykjavik Mayor Wants to Cut City's Ties with Moscow Over Russian Capital's Stance on Gay Rights

Moscow and Reykjavik, Iceland are "sister cities", and Reykjavik Mayor Jon Gnarr wants to end that relationship over Moscow's anti-gay laws, The Reykjavik Grapevine reports:

GnarrThe proposal was put forth during a City Council meeting yesterday, Vísir reports. Should the proposal pass it would effectively terminate all political and cultural relations between Reykjavík and Moscow.

“In light of the developments that have taken place in recent years in matters of gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Russia, the Human Rights Office and the Mayor’s Office have entrusted the deputy mayor to propose amendments to the existing agreement between the two cities or terminate it all together following consultation with the Foreign Ministry,” read the minutes from the City Council meeting.

In 2007 Reykjavík and Moscow became sister cities, an agreement that would see the municipalities exchanging information, and cooperate on policies regarding youth and family.

The severing of the relationship will require oversight from the Foreign Ministry, they report.

You may recall that in 2010 Gnarr donned a dress, wig, and make-up to ride in the city's Gay Pride parade, and joined a protest agains the imprisonment of three Pussy Riot rockers in Russia.

Posted Jul. 13,2013 at 9:31 AM EST by in Iceland, Jon Gnarr, Moscow, News, Russia | Permalink | Comments (12)


Anti-Gay Pastor Arrested Stalking PA AG Kathleen Kane in Protest at Her Harrisburg Office: VIDEO

Pastor Bill Devlin "failed to sign in with an officer" at the Harrisburg office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and was found attempting to reach her upstairs office yesterday, when he was confronted by Capitol Police, the Philadelphia Daily News reports:

DevlinWhen officers confronted Devlin, he laid down in an elevator with the door open and refused to move. "The police asked him to get up, he did not, so they handcuffed him and they carried him out of the building," Lubart said.

Devlin, an activist who has, among other things, gone on a hunger strike to protest the church ban in NYC schools, was trying to reach Kane to confront her about the announcement she made this week:

The pastor said he was moved to travel to Harrisburg to pray that "God would soften [Kane's] heart" after the A.G. announced earlier this week that she would not defend Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. The law is being challenged in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of 23 state residents by the American Civil Liberties Union.

"I decided at about 6:30 this morning after hearing of the [Attorney] General's decision not to uphold Pennsylvania law, I said, 'Someone's gotta uphold Pennsylvania law,' so I went out to pray for her, and obviously I crossed the line and was arrested," Devlin said yesterday.

Devlin faces a disorderly conduct charge and a fine of $50 to $300.

Kane's announcement, if you missed it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 13,2013 at 9:05 AM EST by in Bill Devlin, Gay Marriage, Kathleen Kane, News, Pennsylvania | Permalink | Comments (20)



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