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Russian lawmakers consider bill prohibiting ‘gay propaganda’

Thursday, March 29, 2012

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers are considering a bill that would impose fines for spreading gay “propaganda” among minors, a measure that is similar to legislation adopted in February in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city.

Critics say that while ostensibly targeting such actions as the distribution of pornography to children, the broad wording of the laws means they could be used to ban gay rights demonstrations.

Critics say that while ostensibly targeting such actions as the distribution of pornography to children, the broad wording of the laws means they could be used to ban gay rights demonstrations, reported Reuters.

It would impose fines of up to 5,000 roubles ($170) on individuals and up to 500,000 roubles ($17,000) on companies for spreading “propaganda of homosexualism” among minors, reported Reuters.

The legislation will complicate efforts by LGBT activists to organize gay pride events anywhere in the Russian Federation. Numerous attempts to hold gay rights demonstrations in Moscow and elsewhere have been either vetoed by officials or broken up by riot police and right-wing groups.

The bill was submitted a week after State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said that lawmakers will thoroughly study a draft federal law banning promotion of homosexuality among minors once it is submitted to the parliament.

Russian LGBT advocates condemned the federal Legislation to ban mention of or about homosexuality, and leading Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev, called on the State Duma deputies to await evaluation of similar laws passed in the Russian regions by the Committee on Human Rights of the UN as well as the European Court.

The Russian Orthodox Church has endorsed national legislation making the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors an administrative offense. Homosexuality was punishable by prison terms in the Soviet Union and was only decriminalized by President Boris Yeltsin in 1993, although discrimination against gay people remains widespread.

According to a 2010 survey by the independent Levada Center polling agency, 74 percent of respondents said gays and lesbians were “amoral” and “mentally defective,” while only 45 percent said they should enjoy the same rights as heterosexuals.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. ;o

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:51pm
  2. I’ve seen reporting on this. It’s shocking. I spoke to my FB friend in St. Petersberg about it directly… she hadn’t even heard about it. She had to to go to the New York Times website or something.
    She’s not in favor of garbage like this, I’ll tell you that much.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:52pm
  3. This is old news.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:55pm
  4. IT’S a REAL SHAME that ppl and the goverment’s can’t just mind there own back porch’s and not worry someone else bout there’s

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 9:57pm
  5. Sounds like Tennessee.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:03pm
  6. It is time that countries that do not support the LGBT communities realize that WE ARE ALL JUST PEOPLE, we are your sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, cousins, lovers, friends and any possible random stranger next to you… those that chose to label us for their own convinces, fears, gains & etc are getting no where with that mentality…this is not the way to deal with it, by taking people rights away, by putting them in categories and by promoting hate? NO! We are in a year 2012 and we ALL need to move forward so that we one day can all flourish as human beings on this planet.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:09pm
  7. I am with u on that Kristina

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:15pm
  8. This is why we need to revoke Russia’s Federal Funding.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:29pm
  9. Yeah, by 25th century… maybe… if we are lucky… we finally will get along worldwide….

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:18am
  10. Yeah…that’s my country:((( It’s the first time in my life,I’d rather live somwhere else :(

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:44am
  11. There is currently a petition going on to stop this law– People, and especially tourists, stating that they will not visit St. Petersburg if this law goes into effect.

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:43am
  12. thought they wanted tuerists.

    Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:21pm