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Lansing may end relationship with Russian city

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Beaumont Enterprise
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July 24, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Lansing could end their community's "sister cities" relationship with the Russian city of St. Petersburg due to that country's anti-gay policies.

Lansing City Council discussed the issue Monday night and planned to take up a resolution soon, the Lansing State Journal and MLive.com reported. The resolution likely would call on St. Petersburg to change its policies if it wants to keep its relationship with Lansing.

"We need to say we do not tolerate this, we do not accept this," said Councilwoman Jody Washington, who first raised the issue last week.

A message seeking comment from a representative of the Russian embassy in the U.S. was sent Tuesday by The Associated Press

Russia's parliament passed a law banning "gay propaganda" in June. St. Petersburg was one of several cities to pass similar laws at local level before that. The federal law imposes fines for providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or holding gay pride rallies.