Russia's Putin signs anti-gay measures into law

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. A Kremlin press service official said, "During the meeting, it is planned to discuss matters concerning the development of Russia-IAEA interaction in the field of uses of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, as well as some aspects of international cooperation in the field of nuclead non-proliferation." (AP Photo/Yuiri Kadobnov, Pool)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.

The lower house of Russia's parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11 and the upper house approved it last week.

The ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin's rule.

Hefty fines can now be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or hold gay pride rallies.

The Kremlin announced Sunday that Putin has signed the legislation into law.