Gay rights activists in Spain on Monday held a symbolic Olympic lighting ceremony to protest 'Russia's homophobia.'

Members of State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transgenders and Bisexuals (la Federacion Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transsexuales y Bisexuales or FELGTB) lit a rainbow cauldron with a torch in Madrid's Plaza Mayor to protest the start of the Olympic torch relay in Moscow leading up to the Winter Olympics taking place next year in Sochi. During the protest, the activists held pink placards, one of which included the outline of Russian President Vladimir Putin and read, “ Love Always Wins.”

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Organizers said in a statement that the lighting ceremony was to protest Russian policy, “which has cruelly intensified hatred of LGBT people and punishes visibility and the fight for equality, in flagrant breach of the Olympic Charter.”

Passage of a law that prohibits “gay propaganda” to minors has cast a dark shadow over the upcoming Sochi games and provoked protests around the world.