A Russian region has become the first to repeal a law banning ‘gay propaganda’ today (6 November).
Lawmakers in Arkhangelsk, in north Russia, decided there is no longer a need for a local law now there is a federal ban.
The region, known as ‘Archangel’, was the second after Ryazan to implement a local anti-gay law in 2011.
It was before seven others including Saint Petersburg followed in 2012.
In the two years since having a regional ban on gay propaganda, Arkhangelsk only found three activists guilty of disobeying the law.