A judge on Thursday cleared Madonna of claims she violated an anti-gay law in St. Petersburg.

Nine anti-gay activists filed a lawsuit against Madonna claiming “moral damages” over her support for gay rights during a Thursday, August 9 concert in St. Petersburg, Russia's second city.

During the concert, Madonna openly defied the city's ban on “gay propaganda” to minors.

“We want to fight for the right to be free,” she told the audience, most of whom were wearing pink wristbands distributed at the door. Madonna urged them to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community.”

According to Ria Novosti, Judge Vitaly Barkovsky dismissed the lawsuit after a six-hour hearing.

Plaintiffs were asking for more than $10 million in compensation.

“St. Petersburg's laws were brutally violated and in the coming years this type of violation could become the norm,” Marina Yakovlyeva, a plaintiff, told the court. “But we have created a precedent – any artist coming to our city will know now that laws exist in our city.”

The lawsuit claimed that Madonna's performance had hurt Russia's military capacity by adversely affecting its birthrate and therefore its ability to properly staff an army. The concert would also lead to an increase in divorce rates, the plaintiffs claimed.

“How many families split up because one of the couples is gay?” asked Judge Barkovsky. “And how many because of alcoholism? How many lawsuits have you filed against alcohol companies?”

Madonna did not attend the hearing, despite a court summons.