Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who has served as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008. He was also the Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.
Alphonso David (born 1970) is an American attorney and LGBT civil rights leader. In August 2019, he became the president of the Human Rights Campaign. He is the first civil rights lawyer and first person of color to serve as president of the organization.
Russia bans same-sex marriageIn a July 2 national election, Russians supported a ban on same-sex marriage.The amendment to the country's constitution, effectively defining marriage as between a man and a woman, was one of more than 200 constitutional amendments included in the referendum that won more than two-thirds approval during the seven-day vote.The move is only the most recent attack against LGBTQ Russians by President Vladimir Putin, whom Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David called a "threat to the human rights of all."Putin has repeatedly taken no action and actively ignored the LGBTQ purge in Chechnya by his strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, since it began in December 2016 and came to global..