July 9, 2012
Lawmakers in the Ukraine pulled a scheduled vote Friday on a controversial bill that would prohibit people from speaking favorably about gay people. All Out, the international LGBT advocacy group, reported on the failure of the bill to advance after Ukrainian leaders heard criticism from human rights advocates and key European officials. Advocates against the law delivered a petition on Thursday with 120,000 signers to Ukrainian authorities at the European Union and Council of Europe. The Ukraine aspires to join the European Union, a status that would require the former Soviet republic to abide by legal standards in accordance with Europe. Law 8711, as the proposed legislation is known, would put the Ukraine in conflict with those standards.