Help defend first legal gay marriage in Russia! Protect the guys from persecution!
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First gay marriage was officially recognized in Russia, to be pronounced illegal and canceled immediately after. The guys that got married and their families are facing persecution from both government and homophobic groups. The officials who registered their marriage got fired. They are in a scary situation. They are displaying incredible courage and self-sacrifice. It’s an act of insane bravery and selflessness to help other gay people in the country. I ask people to share their story as much as they can to make sure they are safe. Here are some more details:
Pavel Stozko and Evgeniy Voizehovskiy got legally married in Danmark. Then they registered their marriage in Moscow following the legal protocol. Shortly after their marriage was registered in Moscow and community started to share the news, the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Russia announced that the marriage is illegal. And not just that - officially added their passports (where they had stamps from Russian officials recognizing their marriage legal) to the list of annulated/illegal passports. Pavel wrote on his FB page that police came to the house of his parents to try and find and confiscate the passports. They are receiving threats and have people congregating outside of their apartment, trying to break in. The clerk that registered their documents and her boss were fired. Here is the link to Pavel’s statement in Russian - I haven’t found anything in English).https://www.facebook.com/stotsko/posts/1588254954575410
Let’s keep on contacting and asking Ministry of Internal Affairs to stop persecution of the Pavel and Evgeniy, as well as the people who lawfully helped recognize their marriage.
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