A homophobic Russian politician has taken a dim view of Britain allowing gay nationals to marry at its embassy in Moscow.
The UK Government said the list of countries was limited because British missions are only able to provide a same-sex marriage service in countries where it is not possible for British nationals to have such a marriage under local law.
Local authorities also needed to grant permission for the missions to conduct consular marriages of same-sex couples.
Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, the inspiration for Russia’s federal ‘propaganda’ ban, was not impressed by the UK’s decision.
“The British consulates can do whatever they want,” Mr Milonov told The Moscow Times. “They can marry monkeys and register perverts for all I care.”
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