August 26, 2013

Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday morning to say that recent anti-LGBT legislation passed is “an affront to fundamental principles of equality.”

Boxer — who chairs the subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that oversees human rights issues — also wrote that the new laws “contradict the rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Russia is a party.”

The letter, a copy of which was provided to BuzzFeed, was sent to the Russian embassy on Friday.

“I cannot stay silent while your country works to put in place deeply discriminatory laws and policies undermining the rights of LGBT individuals,” the California senator wrote.