Sochi -- a balmy city on the Black Sea -- has been selected as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and sponsors and athletes are already worried that the threats of arrests for outward displays of affection between same-sex couples could wreck the goodwill of the games.
The resolution as it reads allows for a dialogue between Long Beach and Sochi about the discrimination, through the aegis of the Long Beach/Sochi Sister City Association.
Putin's law, called a human rights violation by the council, allows for the arrest and temporary detention -- before ejection -- of "pro-gay" foreigners, a great deal of whom should be visiting Sochi fairly soon.
"The City Council of the City of Long Beach respectfully requests the municipal government of our sister city of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, to join our protest of these discriminatory laws," the resolution reads.
Council members did not vote to sever relations with Sochi, though it has been proposed by at least one resident.
A call by Patch to the Russian Consulate in San Francisco was not immediately returned.
Sister Cities International (SCI) is the U.S. organization that helps connect 500 U.S. cities with 140 countries around the world.
The organization helps connect cities with common interests -- such as Long Beach and Sochi -- and form a symbiotic relationship to promote positive global relations, and has been connected with Russian cities since 1973.Long Beach and Sochi share the commonality of being large port cities. Their connection has allowed them to share information on how to improve their harbors.