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Melbourne doesn't stand for harsh anti-gay laws -- let's suspend our "Sister City" status with St. Petersburg immediately.
  • Petitioning Melbourne City Council

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Melbourne City Council
The Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Robert Doyle
Melbourne City Council
Cr Richard Foster
Melbourne City Council
Cr Rohan Leppert
Melbourne City Council
Cr Kevin Louey
Melbourne City Council
Cr Stephen Mayne
Melbourne City Council
Cr Cathy Oke
Melbourne City Council
Cr Ken Ong
Melbourne City Council
Cr Beverley Pinder-Mortimer
Melbourne City Council
Cr Jackie Watts
Melbourne City Council
Cr Arron Wood
Melbourne City Council
Cr Susan Riley

Melbourne doesn't stand for harsh anti-gay laws -- let's suspend our "Sister City" status with St. Petersburg immediately.

    1. Carl Katter
    2. Petition by

      Carl Katter

      Fitzroy, Australia

It's one of the most homophobic cities in the world, with laws that ban any kind of public support for LGBT equality -- yet Melbourne is still an official "Sister City" with St. Petersburg in Russia despite their harsh new anti-gay laws.

It's now illegal to even mention the word "gay" in public in St. Petersburg. If you do, you can be jailed for 15 days or fined 500,000 rubles. The laws enacted last year actively discriminate against LGBT people and legitimize violence against them.

Several of my Russian friends have spoken of the fear they feel when they leave their homes in St Petersberg and how such laws have been the fuel for hate and violence directed to their gay and lesbian friends.

This isn't the kind of city that I think Melbourne stands for. But by keeping St. Petersburg as an official Sister City, it's giving credibility to these vicious anti-gay laws.

Finally there's something real we can do to help our friends in Russia fight against these disgusting laws. Help me call on Robert Doyle to do the right thing and suspend St. Petersburg as an official "Sister City" of Melbourne until these anti-gay laws are repealed.

Momentum is building in other Sister Cities to do the same too -- Milan has just dumped them and petitions are getting going in Florida, Paris, Barcelona and others. We can send a clear message from around the world: we won't stand for these anti-gay laws any longer.

Please sign my petition and share with friends and family.

Thanks for your help.

Carl Katter.

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    • mary tsavaris SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 days ago

      Gay rights are really human rights

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      • 17 days ago

      Anyone should be able to freely live. There is no reason that people shouldn't be able to be with someone of the same sex

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    • Chloe Harvey LILYDALE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      people are who they are, it doesnt matter if they are gay, straight, green or blue, its not their fault they are who they are, let them be, we are all humans.

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    • Anthony McDermott COLLINGWOOD, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      When all has been said and done, enough is enough...

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    • Hilary White AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      besides having a gay son, I believe that everyone has a right to choose a partner and live happy lives, whatever their sexual preference.

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