Venice, Italy has suspended its sister city status with St. Petersburg, Russia over the city's adoption of an anti-gay law.

St. Petersburg's law, which took effect in March, forbids the spread of “homosexual propaganda” to minors, effectively outlawing Gay Pride parades and gay rights demonstrations. Violators face fines ranging from 5,000 to 500,000 rubles ($153 to $153,000).

According to RT, Venice and Milan have both shunned the city. Authorities in Turin are also considering officially suspending cooperation with St. Petersburg, Russia's second city.

Milan has already approved the suspension of sister city status, while the Venice Mayor's office is currently processing its decision.

United Russia Deputy Vitaly Milonov, who sponsored the ordinance, reacted to Milan's parting.

“There must be a lot of socialists in Milan City Council … It's a great shame that a city like Milan would take a decision like this,” he is quoted as saying. “Of course, it's hard for many of our European colleagues to accept our law, as many of them are members of the gay lobby.”

The law attracted headlines over the summer when Madonna was accused of violating the ordinance.