FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick is the latest province to raise a rainbow flag outside its legislature during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Energy Minister Craig Leonard says it's important for the government to show that it believes in equality among all.

Several Canadian cities -- including Fredericton, Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton and St. John's, N.L. -- have also hoisted rainbow flags outside of city halls and legislatures.

Russia signed a law in July that outlaws so-called pro-gay propaganda that could be accessible to minors.

The law has been criticized by human rights groups and led to protests in cities around the world.