Obama tells gay rights activists, civil leaders they're making Russia stronger
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to comments during a working session at a G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. World leaders are discussing Syria's civil war at the summit but look no closer to agreeing on international military intervention to stop it. (AP / Dimitar Dilkoff)
Published Friday, September 6, 2013 3:03PM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country.
Obama met with the nine advocacy leaders Friday, including two representing gay rights groups. The meeting comes as Russia is implementing a new law banning gay "propaganda."
Obama has said he is offended by the law but didn't mention it when reporters were invited briefly into the beginning of the meeting. Obama told the group that they all "contribute in one way or another to continue to strengthen Russian society and (are) helping to make progress on behalf of all people."
After meeting with the activists for more than an hour, Obama headed back to the United States.