Yesterday Paul Hurley, the president of the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, joined Paddy McCarty, the owner of Nevada Smiths, and a handful of other bar owners to pour bottles of Russian vodka into the street. The stunt was a token of protest against Russia's recently instituted "gay propaganda" law, and is a part of the association's call for a city-wide boycott of all Russian liquor.
So far over 200 bars and restaurants in the city have trashed their supply of Russian vodka. They follow in the footsteps of bars across the country that have already done the same, in order to show their disapproval for the Russian law, which allows the government to fine or deport anyone who supports LGBT culture in any way.
· NYC Bar Owners Dump Russian Vodka Over Gay Issues [AP]
· Bars Boycott Russian Vodka Over Anti-Gay Laws [~EN~]