Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation
World News

Russia

Russian Parliament to consider adopting national anti-gay legislation

Thursday, November 29, 2012

MOSCOW — The Russian State Parliament will hear the first reading of a federal level bill that is designed after a series of regional laws banning so-called “propaganda of homosexualism.”

According to a spokesperson for the Putin government, Russian lawmakers have put the measure on the legislative calender for December 19, 2012. The Parliament will consider adopting a national ban on “gay propaganda” similar to those already existing in St. Petersburg and nine other Russian Oblasts (regions).

Igor Kochetkov, Chairman of Russian LGBT Network, called the proposed measure an “absolutely senseless law that is devoid of common sense and the right of law.”

“One year of application of such laws in the regions have shown that, in practice, they are used to persecute dissidents, not to protect the children,” said Kochetkov, in a statement.

“Under the pretext of protecting the family the author of this bill is actually set to destroy it, identifying a family as ‘biological union of a man and a woman.’ In reality this ‘farm’ approach to people shows how some deputies look to us, their constituents as no more than animals.”

Meanwhile Italian lawmakers in Milan and Venice are looking to cut ties with St. Petersburg by cancelling their “twin” status over the anti-gay laws in Russia.

In Milan, the city council approved a motion on Nov. 23 and said relations between the two cities would remain suspended until the law was revoked.

In Venice, the municipal council will also consider an initiative to suspend its partnership with St. Petersburg over the Russian city’s anti-gay law.

Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , ,

Filed under: Europe

8 more reader comments:

  1. those homophobes are just jealous that us gays have much more intense sex than they do! poor things, ill play a small violin!

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:21pm
  2. For goodness sakes! This is dishonourable to the memory of the most famous gay Russian, Tchaikovsky!

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:25pm
  3. Simply because they have no other pressing concerns. Like the GOP.

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:28pm
  4. Go Italy!

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:32pm
  5. Seriously? You want to continue a tradition of oppression? ( the same question could be posed to us too however)

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:43pm
  6. more fucked up heterosexuals – we need an international QUEER SPRING

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:59pm
  7. so sad

    Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 9:22pm
  8. y russia i thought you where cool man russia why u no cool any more

    Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 1:48pm