Putin mocks U.S. Embassy for flying LGBT rainbow flag

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The U.S. flag and an LGBTQ pride flag fly on the front facade of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on June 25.Valery Sharifulin / Valery Sharifulin/TASS

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow recently made the decision to fly a rainbow LGBTQ flag, as if it were the embassy of homosexuality instead an embassy of the United States of America, and Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to pounce.

Other countries have also flown rainbow flags outside their embassies in Moscow, including Britain, even though homosexual activism is far from being universally accepted.

In fact Putin quickly suggested that the flag indicated embassy staffers were gay, reported NBC News, saying that the decision to raise the pride flag “revealed something about the people that work there.”

Russia recently held a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms that included an amendment defining marriage specifically as a bridge between the two genders, and has other laws reining in homosexual activism.

“Our position is clear,” said Putin, who has sought to reject liberal Western values and aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church. “Yes, we passed a law banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors. So what? Let people grow up, become adults and then decide their own destinies.”

The legislation has been used to block gay pride marches and detain gay activists.

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