Russian movie theaters can now show 'Beauty and the Beast'.

FOX's Jacquelyn Karl has more:

Russia's Culture Ministry given the green light to the release of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" movie despite protests over a gay character.

The ministry telling The Associated Press Tuesday it's granted a screening license to the film with a 16+ age restriction.

The decision comes several days after a lawmaker known for his extreme right views, petitioned the ministry to ban it, calling the movie "overt and shameless propaganda of sin and sexual perversion under the guise of a fairy tale."

The film opening later this month.

Jacquelyn Karl, FOX News.

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