March 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
U.S. lawmakers criticize Ukraine anti-gay bills
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WASHINGTON — Sixty-two members of Congress on Tuesday urged Ukrainian lawmakers to reject two bills that would ban the distribution of gay-specific information and materials in public gatherings and the media.

“These proposals are a chilling threat to not only the LGBT community, but all Ukrainian citizens who deserve to live in a society where the fundamental rights of speech, expression, peaceful assembly and equality are protected,” New York Congressman Joe Crowley said.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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