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Hundreds of people held candles and stood in front of the Russian Consulate to show their support for gay rights.

Tuesday's candlelight vigil comes two months after Russia's legislature passed laws imposing jail sentences for holding gay pride rallies or for spreading "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors.

The crowd sang anthems of peace and demanding international condemnation of Russia's new laws.

"Montreal doesn't just tolerate, it celebrates," said Brett House, one of the protesters at the rally. "Given that we've won celebration here we need to support people in places where they don't have that right. It's critical that we stand...

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