Group urges Gilmore to take stand on Russia's anti-gay laws

Eamon Gilmore is being urged to take a stand against Russia's new anti-homosexual laws.

The call comes as supporters of gay marriage take to the streets of Dublin this afternoon in opposition to the bill introduced by President Vladimir Putin which outlaws support for 'non-traditional' relationships.

The annual 'March for Marriage' has been organised by the LGBT group Noisewho want the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs to publicly condemn the new laws.

Their spokesperson Max Kryzanowski said the Tánaiste needs to be more vocal on the issue.

Mr Kryzanowski said: "If he has taken a stand, it hasn't been very well publicised and he will find an enormous body of public support if he cares to speak out on this issue and if he cares to use Ireland's considerable clout and our improving record on LGBT equality in the country.

"He will find ready allies among countries in Europe who will speak in concert on this.

"I think he is actually in a position where he can take something of a leadership role."

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