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Russian President Vladimir Putin signs anti-gay measures into law

Sunday, June 30, 2013

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.

Vladimir Putin

The lower house of Russia’s parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11 and the upper house approved it last week.

The ban on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin’s rule.

Hefty fines can now be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or hold gay pride rallies.

The Kremlin announced Sunday that Putin has signed the legislation into law.

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  1. stupid

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:02am
  2. Olympic should pulled out i wonder what he think then

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:02am
  3. Damn religion-bent Communist!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:04am
  4. and he just recnetly said russia doesn ot discriminate…well LEAVE RUSSIA out of your vacation plans ….economic pain works best

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:04am
  5. start a petition to move/boycott the Olympics. somebody should!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:05am
  6. Disgusting

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:05am
  7. this is insane!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:06am
  8. They never play nice, so why do we? Bring our troops home. Put them at our borders and stay out of everyone’s else’s business, then no war. Going ahead and try to attack…feeling foggy? Jump ruskies

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:06am
  9. shame on this ass hole!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:07am
  10. great idea Frances!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:07am
  11. is this a social experiment?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:07am
  12. I thought atheism was soooooo well indoctrinated in the land even after Soviet rule……

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:08am
  13. he is a dictator, not a president

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:08am
  14. Asshole

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:08am
  15. how about you

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:09am
  16. Lets get the Cruise Lines to cut St. Petersburg and other Russian cities from their itineraries.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:09am
  17. I used to be proud to be Russian. And now…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:09am
  18. Would it be far-fetched to think the ever tightening noose commensurate with Putin’s increasing panic about his own sexuality? What else explains it?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:09am
  19. Putin is nescient!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:10am
  20. Satan!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:11am
  21. Fuck him !

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:11am
  22. Time to boycott the olympic games.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:11am
  23. somebody with a greater Facebook presence, there are enough of these glbt related groups on here. jeesh, one of them should take the lead.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:11am
  24. EVIL man

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:11am
  25. it’s more like religious Communism ! Not atheism

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:12am
  26. Disgusting

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:12am
  27. Maybe the haters in the US should move there.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:13am
  28. Well he also beat his ex wife so I am not surprised, but still disappointed

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:13am
  29. now all the U.S. teabags can move to Russia! “with love” :-)

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:15am
  30. Putin sucks…he needs to be impeached.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:16am
  31. Dumbfounded. How civil rights can shift into reverse under one man’s narrow bigoted mind is simply dumbfounding.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:17am
  32. What an asshole!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:22am
  33. Fuck you Putin.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:23am
  34. Idiots….keep stepping backwards Russia. You will be dragging your women around by the hair soon enough.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:23am
  35. Hitler’s Illegitimate Grandson

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:27am
  36. Let Russia stay in the dark ages. ASSHOLE

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:34am
  37. BOYCOTT Russia, but find a way to help LGBT Russians!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:37am
  38. wish the Olympic athletes would march in with pride flags — all fined and incarcerated?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:38am
  39. This surprises people?!?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:40am
  40. Gay is good

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:44am
  41. Putin is a blithering idiot !!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:46am
  42. Shame!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:48am
  43. I’m sure the Olympic ethos is not to discriminate, then maybe they should be banned from holding the games until equality & freedom is on a level playing field & I’m sure Putin as dumb arse as he is couldn’t afford to lose Russia the chance to hold them with all the money involved to help stimulate the Russian economy

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:49am
  44. We need anti-dumb@ss in the law.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:50am
  45. I dislike this!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:59am
  46. OMG!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:00am
  47. *begin sarcasm sequence* Wow, what a visionary! *end sarcasm sequence*

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:06am
  48. Living in a vacuum.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:07am
  49. pure evil..i wish pres. obama would cut all ties with this prick..im sorry russia for your filthy official

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:12am
  50. Putin are a true cunt!!!!!!!!BIF RUSSIA

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:28am
  51. America should boycott the games.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:30am
  52. canada should boycott the games and all civilized countrys…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:42am
  53. Asswipe. Fuck religion. They were better off under communism.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:47am
  54. Fuck him and everything about him.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:51am
  55. I’ll just cross Minsk of my travel plans then

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:51am
  56. He is fucking retarded. These white Nazi bigots… they think they can outlaw human nature.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:51am
  57. Nancy, communism and religion aren’t compatible. Putin is just a hater

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:52am
  58. Made mistake and pushed like…really meant he’s a frickin idiot!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:54am
  59. Damn NAZI. I hope someone takes him out. That is the only way to deal with Nazis. That is EXACTLY what Hitler did.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:56am
  60. Russians I’ve met have been very open to gays …mmm…he mus have personal issues..

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:59am
  61. What a puke!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:02am
  62. This is a great idea Terry!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:42am
  63. Especially this idea! Human rights issue!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:42am
  64. Wow.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:44am
  65. Backward thinking

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:45am
  66. FUCK YOU PUTIN…you commy bastard

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:52am
  67. Someone who really does not care about people different than himself…sad.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:58am
  68. Putin is a :poop: head !!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:04pm
  69. Putin is a BIGOT!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:21pm
  70. Boycott the Olympics…That would get there attention. Putin is only hurting his country. What an Idiot.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:22pm
  71. he should be killed

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:22pm
  72. not killed but be IMPEAHCED

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:23pm
  73. i wonder can Olympics committee be contacted and they change location +

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:24pm
  74. If Reagan had only pushed that button…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:36pm
  75. Time to start boycotting Russian products sold in the USA.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:38pm
  76. Lets cut giving money and aid to them and see how they fare.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:48pm
  77. Putin is a typical cold, hard, heartless Russian-don’t trust him ever

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:49pm
  78. I guess there’s nothing we can do for our LGBT brothers and sisters from here :/

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:01pm
  79. Close-minded stupidity at it’s finest…the whole country should be ashamed…:(

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:27pm
  80. Like I said before FUCK RUSSIA!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:34pm
  81. Think this guy needs a big Transgender kick up the buttski I for one would pay to do it xx

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:39pm
  82. I feel bad for our LGBT brothers and sisters in Mother Russia.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:41pm
  83. :(

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:46pm
  84. Dear Republicans, we found a place you can move to!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 1:47pm
  85. Pooh on him, he’s going to control what children think! Oh, that’s right isn’t that what communist countries do?

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:18pm
  86. I think he’s in the closet. Methinks he doth protest too much!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:24pm
  87. BOO RUSSIA

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:36pm
  88. :-(

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:36pm
  89. He’s just butthurt that he isn’t fabulous.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:37pm
  90. Well, there will be a lot of teenage suicides in Russia this year

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:38pm
  91. Russian President should be impeached for making a bias homophobic law

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:42pm
  92. Well ,we now can call Russia, The State of Denial!!! I personal Call them a axis of evil country….

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:45pm
  93. I’m Russian Orthodox and heaven forbid I come out to my church. Thank goodness I live in America.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:47pm
  94. “Someone still loves you Boris Yeltsin” should probably change their name to “no one still loves you Vladimir Putin”

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:49pm
  95. I’m fairly certain he is just a puppet of the Russian mafia

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:49pm
  96. Since those are the values that Republicans valued, why don’t they move to Russia? I mean, if as they say, greater acceptance of lgbt members in society leads to the break down of society, then Russia must be a becon of light for society since they are so oppressive and unaccepting of the LGBT.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:52pm
  97. ew

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:53pm
  98. OK then…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:54pm
  99. Disgusting

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:55pm
  100. Places that I will NEVER visit

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:56pm
  101. Ughhhhhh

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:01pm
  102. Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:03pm
  103. Odd how Putin holds up the American Conservative Movement’s bowel movement! Putin is a Limbaugh dittohead!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:05pm
  104. Great, now all the anti-gay Americans can go live in Russia, and all their LGBTQ can come here and live the authentic lives they deserve.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:08pm
  105. What a man for the 21st Century.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:16pm
  106. :P

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:23pm
  107. SO hes a good president, but he is making a horrible choice here….sad

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:30pm
  108. ASSHAT

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:31pm
  109. evil, evil man!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:32pm
  110. … Putin’s-A-douchecanoe!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:32pm
  111. Based off of political anti-gay trends, I would say that Putin is just in the closet. For now :D

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:38pm
  112. A macho POS… all about his shirt off… and flexing his muscles…and promoting a traditional social expectation of “what it means to be a man”…so much so I bet he has a private line to have Carl’s Jr hamburgers delivered to him by Concorde Jet……
    He’s like a nightmare from gym class gone wrong…and promoted into high power. F*** him and his hateful message…..he’s posturing as a reaction to the recent events in the US…as a way to bolster support to his own incompetence as a leader of people.
    Also, he’s likely still got it out for America after growing up a good half of his life under the Iron Curtain of the USSR…being told the whole time it was a greater place… only to watch it collapse in the later 80′s and become like the system he was taught is the enemy…still sore perhaps…and looking for a way to promote nationalism? Hitler used minorities to create a sense of nationalism as well…and we all know how that ended up in time. May his next adventure in kayaking go utterly and terribly wrong…

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:40pm
  113. No wonder Bush thought Putin was a good man when he looked into his eyes and saw his soul…smh

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:40pm
  114. Out of Africa….!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:41pm
  115. This will SOOO backfire! Nothing promotes quite like forbidden fruit.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:43pm
  116. please so did many prsidents before Obama, eventually they will get someone that will be ready to support gay rights.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:46pm
  117. What goes around , comes around . He is even more pathetic than the Republican Party if that’s possible

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:46pm
  118. those who backed this are sick individuals.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 8:09pm
  119. Putin is a bully

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 8:26pm
  120. What a sh0ck…Russia’s being 0ppressive.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:25pm
  121. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:03pm
  122. More vodka please.

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:03pm
  123. Vile Little Man!!! Why we ask isn’t the whole Civilized World Vow to do something about this sexual apartheid brutality on our Russian Brothers & Sister ???

    Meanwhile we urge the LGBT community our Friends and supporters to Boycott everything Russian Please. ;o(

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:23pm
  124. Pig!

    Posted on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 11:38pm
  125. Villians.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:26am
  126. What a small minded asshole.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:27am
  127. This is why im glas to be canadian

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:49am
  128. He is a Close minded Idiot.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:35am
  129. He never got over being dumped by his gay lover so he turned into a HATER!!! imagine a man in such an important position being so stupid? Shame on him. He needs to be voted out like we do in America.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:05am
  130. I hope someone does the right thing and kills him. That’s the only way a Nazi will stop. The whole Country of Russia is a DISGRACE and a SHAME to the world and should be ASHAMED of themselves. For those that are inhospitable to others are Sodomites, and THAT is why the city of Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed. May Russia fall next.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 6:41am
  131. He will be the next one they assinate because of his bigotry ways. He really is a dictator. I feel so sorry for all the good russians.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:21am
  132. It looks as if the Russian people on well on their way to losing all of their rights because a dictator is now in office.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:23am
  133. Why am I not surprised? The further we move forward, the further we still have to go.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:22am
  134. Seriously….what is wrong with this man?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:24am
  135. О,Путин

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:50am
  136. damn bastard.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:00am
  137. I’ m from Russia, a country where gays are belived the propaganda of perveted lifestyle.This is Awful. Now I’m scared to live in my country

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:05am
  138. Gays are more likely to have been sexually abused as children, take drugs, have mental disorders such as bipolar and depression, and commit the crime of pedophillia. A disproportionate amount of pedophiles consider themselves gay (nearly 2/3 are gay). Gays also have on average 150 different sexual partners and in some parts of the world the average is 400. Also, AIDS is mostly being spread in the West by male on male anal penetration. The mainstream media have a sick, twisted agenda to promote these perversions to break down the traditional family unit, the builiding blocks of civilization. So ‘fabulous’ right?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:14am
  139. You sound anti-White

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:17am
  140. What you just said is evidence that you gays want to convert all heterosexuals to your perverted ways. Gays are more likely to have been sexually abused as children, take drugs, have mental disorders such as bipolar and depression, and commit the crime of pedophillia. A disproportionate amount of pedophiles consider themselves gay (nearly 2/3 are gay). Gays also have on average 150 different sexual partners and in some parts of the world the average is 400. Also, AIDS is mostly being spread in the West by male on male anal penetration. The mainstream media have a sick, twisted agenda to promote these perversions to break down the traditional family unit, the builiding blocks of civilization. Nothing particularly cool about that. Gays are attention whores.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:19am
  141. You gays are so mentally ill.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:21am
  142. I think gays are DISGRACEFUL AND SHAMEFUL. Gays are more likely to have been sexually abused as children, take
    drugs, have mental disorders such as bipolar and depression, and
    commit the crime of pedophillia. A disproportionate amount of
    pedophiles consider themselves gay (nearly 2/3 are gay). Gays also
    have on average 150 different sexual partners and in some parts of the world the average is 400. Also, AIDS is mostly being spread in the West by male on male anal penetration. The mainstream media have a sick, twisted agenda to promote these perversions to break down the traditional family unit, the builiding blocks of civilization.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:24am
  143. Evgeniya, gays are not good for Russia. Please never allow them to subvert your culture in Russia because that is what gays are trying to do!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:25am
  144. Michelle you look revolting ;)

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:27am
  145. Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:33am
  146. Why is this homophobe trying to school me, a lesbian, about gay people? Btw, I have plenty of gay guy friends, some who are really quite clean cut, polished, and successful, so I can easily call you out on your BS which is severe misinformation as is fitting when it comes to anti-human, anti-gay agenda propaganda from delusional individuals such as yourself, Mr. Goldmann. I recommend professional help or maybe that shock therapy that those of your ilk were so fond of when your kind classed normal individuals, such as myself, as abnormal individuals such as yourself. And it seems you are butthurt about not being fabulous, as well. Such a shame.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:34am
  147. asshole!!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:35am
  148. really? so by family unit you probably mean the marriages and divorces visited upon society by people who don’t take the old testament seriously?? i am not sure where you are getting your “facts” from, but it has been proven by the apa that a majority of pedophiles are indeed heterosexual. pedophilia is not about genitalia but domination. if the average gay has 150 partners in his life then at 55 i am falling so behind and am not propping up my end of the bell curve. also aids has a variety of mechanisms of exposure, in the west and elsewhere. i guess this willfull blindness is in response to gains made thanks to recent court decisions. and as for being an attention whore, one has just to pull out a camera and any right wind pundit preens for the exposure. i have no time for that kind of behavior.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:35am
  149. Don’tcha hate a closet case with power?

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:46am
  150. Jacob, your white supremacist horsecrap is boring, go away now.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:47am
  151. a whole lot…

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:16am
  152. Jacob, I’m a heterosexual. Also, I’m an anti-natalist so I could care less about what you said about traditional family. Also, bipolar and depression are usually symptoms of the strains that come with living an alternative lifestyle. Also, pedophilia and homosexuality are apples and oranges. Also, please cite your source that shows that gays have an average of 150 – 400 partners. Also, once you’ve found a credible source, tell me why I should care how many partners they have.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:58am
  153. No way, they want to go backwards? how odd

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:18am
  154. he does not play well with others. F-

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:37am