The bipartisan resolution, known as House resolution 351, was first introduced in May by representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Darrell Issa (R-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Ed Royce (R-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ). The resolution condemns the reported torture and detainment of gay and bisexual men in the region, and has been supported and sponsored by both Democratic and Republican representatives.
House resolution 351 calls upon Russia to investigate the claims of torture, and to put an end to the violence, and urges the U.S. government to "demand the release of individuals wrongfully detained."
"We will continue to stand united with the LGBT community and shine a bright light on these atrocities, which are encouraged by the evil Putin regime in Russia, in order to help ensure that those who are responsible for these crimes are held to account for their despicable actions," Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement to NBC.
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