February 10, 2014 2:39 pm

Nova Scotia flying rainbow flag outside legislature during Olympics

The rainbow flag flies over city hall alongside the Olympic flag in Montreal on Feb. 7, 2014.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press
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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier says a rainbow flag will fly outside the provincial legislature during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Stephen McNeil says the flag was raised as a sign of solidarity for Russia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

McNeil says Nova Scotia is a tolerant and accepting province and is proud to join other Canadian cities in hoisting the flag.

Several other cities — including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton and St. John’s, N.L. — are also flying rainbow flags outside of city halls and legislatures.

Russia signed a law in July that outlaws so-called pro-gay propaganda that could be accessible to minors.

The controversial legislation has led to protests in cities around the world.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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