Obama Stands With LGBT Russians at Press Conference

By Nicholas Cimarusti

Originally published on Advocate.com September 04 2013 6:00 PM ET

President Barack Obama reiterated his support for LGBT people living in Russia under the country's so-called LGBT propaganda law during a joint press conference in Stockholm with Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt Wednesday. As a precursor to the impending G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, the two leaders spoke about equality, among other issues.

"We share a belief in the dignity and equality of every human being. .. that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters must be treated equally under the law. That our societies are strengthened and not weakened by diversity," President Obama told reporters.

Wednesday's was the first bilateral visit by a U.S. president to Sweden, according to The White House Blog. In addition to attending the G-20 summit, President Obama plans to meet with Russian gay rights activists while in St. Petersburg.

Watch the full press conference below: