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Russian lawmakers propose to expand ‘anti-gay’ law by removing the ‘gay’

Sunday, January 26, 2014

MOSCOW – A coalition of Russian lawmakers, representing members from United Russia Party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Communist Party, on Friday submitted a proposal to amend the federal “anti-gay propaganda” law, expanding the measure to encompass sexual “propaganda” of any kind.

Passed last year, the so-called “gay propaganda” law bans promotion of “non- traditional sexual relations” to minors. The amendment would effectively strip the term “non-traditional” from the law, banning the ban promotion of any sexual propaganda to underage children.

But, the law’s remaining provisions, including punishments that include up to 1 million ruble ($29,000) fines and 90 day suspensions for any organizations or groups which have been found to publicly promote homosexuality, would be left unchanged.

Similar changes would be made to other laws on the protection of children.

A leading Human Rights activist Innokenty Grekov called the amendment “good news” and “a major step in the right direction.”

But he also said that notes regarding the bill posted to the parliament’s webpage, cite a rise in sexual activity among Russian teens as the motivating factor for broadening the law’s scope, and that the amended law would “protect children from information damaging to the values of family life, the spiritual and intellectual development of minors.”

However, one Kremlin source told LGBTQ Nation on on Sunday saying that the only motivation to amend the current law is to appease global gay rights activists and their allies who have blasted the Russian government since the law’s passage last June, and who have called for boycotts of Russian goods and services, as well as a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi next month.

The source said the law has become a source of embarrassment and irritation for the Russian government, especially after several world leaders announced they will not be attending the Olympic games, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who is sending a delegation consisting of three openly gay athletes and relatively low ranked officials.

Meanwhile, Russian officials continue to defend the law.

“Speaking honestly, I have not seen a single appeal, even on the Internet, from representatives of sexual minorities in which they say that their rights are being infringed upon,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last week.

“And you understand that in this country, we have the full freedom of communication. … And I have never met a single application of the so-called nontraditional sexual minorities communities, I mean, Russian, to the authorities, saying that their rights have been violated,” he said.

And in a recent press interview with western journalists, Russian President Vladimir Putin himself defended the law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

He said the law was aimed at banning propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia, suggesting that gays are more likely to abuse children.

“Population growth is vital for Russia’s development and anything that gets in the way of that we should clean up,” he said.

The Kremlin source said that the in all likelihood, attempts to amend the law would be met with fierce resistance from Parliamentarian conservatives and the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.

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  1. quero uma notícia boa pra nós…por favor

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  2. Feels like this will turn into another holocaust.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  3. Sadly, i feel like it already has

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:00am
  4. If you are gay, stay OUT of Russia. I have an extremely bad feeling on this.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  5. Drop the entire thing, the stupid attitude and belief that homosexuals are the cause of all their petty little problems and MAYBE then we’ll call it a deal.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  6. "their"? I wasn't aware Russian politicians were a different species of animal

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  7. Not just them. A majority of the population think that homosexuals are responsible for things going wrong over there.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  8. this makes me be glad that I live where I live and I seriously hope that those being hurt there move away or someone does something to stop this crazyness

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  9. The west needs to open their doors and invite all GLBT people in danger and fear to come and live with us.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  10. Great idea. I'm in Seattle, we'd love to have them here.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  11. ‘by removing the “gay”‘ so the propaganda law will just be known as anti- ?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  12. As companies like Coca-Cola scramble to find ANY moral justification to continue their support of the Sochi 2014 Olympics in Russia, it’s videos like this that keep the fire to Coca-Cola’s feet as they support the horrific and sweeping anti-LGBT “gay propaganda” legislation in Russia that is killing and terrorizing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people in the country. http://aattp.org/coca-colas-greed-fuelled-support-of-lgbt-violence-in-russia-summed-up-in-one-powerful-video/

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  13. boooooo

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  14. Beyond Evil, and what the U.S. just sits watches, like we did, in Holocaust; These Devils are VILE!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  15. “The amendment would effectively strip the term “non-traditional” from the law, banning the ban promotion of any sexual propaganda to underage children.”

    Can we please stop bitching about everything russia related now?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  16. no? don't pretend this would fix anything. And while now parts wouldn't single out gays, it's still a stupid law that's overall getting worse.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  17. What people don't realize is that there are much much worse laws regarding LGBT people out there, yet everybody is all bent out of shape and boycotting anything that sounds even remotely russian. It's ridiculous. By the way, I'm not pretending anything, so...

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  18. “Population growth is vital for Russia’s development and anything that gets in the way of that we should clean up,” he said. Umm… how about the uncontrolled consumption of alcohol and the high rate of alcohol related deaths? This guy is an asshole.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  19. fuck you russia. i know that most of them are a closet case themselves.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:59am
  20. You could be right. Anyone who thinks knowing about homosexuality can cause homosexuality surely must have had homosexual feelings, because why else would they think that? They're secretly gay, can't deal with it and blame it on them understanding what homosexuality is instead of accepting what they naturally are.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  21. yeah i think that they might be having homosexual affairs of their own but do their best to not show anyone. they're afraid of what others think so they act like they're straight as a line. no heterosexual person would seem to know so much about gay people like they do. they probably did things that they keep a secret. you can't cover the sun w/ one finger. watch, one of them or almost all of them happen to be gay but won't admit to it

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  22. This is stupid. I hate how this ruler believes in the stereotype that homosexuals and pedophilia r related!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:00am
  23. He's a moron, that's the unfortunate truth of the matter.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  24. It is just completely ridiculous that those people believe that preventing adult couples from holding hands will in Any way “protect children”.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  25. FUCK you putin you small minded fucking idiot

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  26. keep posting, talking, We must not allow these acts,, to be hushed and invisible, these are peoples Freedoms and Lives, at risk Look at that !ignorant bastard in the photo.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  27. They might as well make it equal for everyone I suppose, and not just discriminate on one group.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  28. Bring on the holocaust. That’s pretty much what it is. This disgusts me.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  29. Hmm, I’m obviously against those kind of weird laws, but that article is actually a kind of “good news” if you read it. They want to change the wording and remove the “non-traditionnal” from the law, so basically they don’t want their kids to have any kind of sexual propaganda, gay or not. If I close my mind super hard and try to think in a conservative way, I kind of understand the idea beside what they want to do.. they see the % of teenage having sex increasing and they want to “control” that by removing allll sexual “propaganda”.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  30. Can I assume that they don't have any TV commercials with overly sexy women selling products that have absolutely nothing to do with their anatomies?

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:24am
  31. Haha, I hope so :p But hey, I have totally no idea :) I'm from Canada, and it's that kind of situation that makes me love my country even more !

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:41am
  32. They tried this in Nazi Germany, look how that worked out for them.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  33. How fucking. Stupid. Can he get

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  34. Dah, it’s Russia who cares… anyone who can get out , should!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  35. Has Russia ever had a government qualified to run that country?

    Homosexuality has been used as a scapegoat for the real issue.
    The Russian mafia run one of the world’s largest illegal sex slave trades. This includes women and children of both sexes. But no group in Russia is allowed to talk about the issue seriously because that would publicly promote sexuality to children.

    The true message here is that slave traders rule Russia. Very sick and very sad.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  36. They’re just trying to get rid of all the liberals.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  37. Expanding the ban is NOT a step in the right direction.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  38. Ha ha……how ironic. Russia has always been the masters of propaganda!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:08am
  39. Fine. So they will also eliminate the constant onslaught of propaganda preaching heteronormative sex to children? Of course not. Putin, Prince of Lies. And the Russian Orthodox church still reeks of Rasputin. Time to vomit.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  40. Stalin part 2

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  41. //And you understand that in this country, we have the full freedom of communication. … And I have never met a single application of the so-called nontraditional sexual minorities communities, I mean, Russian, to the authorities, saying that their rights have been violated,” he said.//

    Like the LGBTQ community of Russia would speak up

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:11am
  42. This is just disgusting. There are over 7 billion people on this Earth already and he tells us that there needs to be more?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  43. Putin is a very sick and twisted man I want to see put out of power.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  44. REALLY ??? Will they prosecute for promoting straight sex????

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:13am
  45. totally pathetic !!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  46. Now all the biology teachers will be arrested for teaching students where babies come from

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:15am
  47. Putin needs to go!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:15am
  48. Just stay OUT of Russia

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  49. Russian LGBT needs their “Stonewall”

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:19am
  50. Imagine the new fear of living in Russia?? Scary puritanical and criminal charges await anyone who speaks about sex in mixed company. Welcome to Taliban Russia!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:19am
  51. Did anyone realize that in Saudi arabia homosexuality is illegal and punished by death… anyone accused by the religious police…yes they have religious police who go around and anyone suspected of being a homosexual or accused they rape and kill. So thats all well and dandy boycotting Russia… oh and how according to the Russian government homosexuals they believe are more likely to abuse children. ..but what is someone going to do about Saudi Arabia?? Oh yeah nothing….

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:20am
  52. For fucks sake. I was intrigued by my own and other people’s sexuality when I was 5. All this fuckhead is doing is stunting children’s natural development. He needs to be lobotomised.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:20am
  53. And we are supporting this economy why???

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  54. Rasputin was hardly accepted by the Russian Orthodox Church (too much crazy-decadent guru sex…) – but as for reeking of sanctimonious bigotry, they’ve had that in spades since the fall of Constantinople, when they assumed (in all senses of the word) the role of the “third Rome” and sole bastion of “true” Christianity. Full of themselves and still brimming with narrowminded superstitiousness.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  55. Oh, great! Because it’s better when you discriminate against MORE people!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:25am
  56. I still think he is a closeted bi-sexual.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:25am
  57. Hey that sets my gadar off!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  58. Im homosexual and I dont see what the big fucking deal is with being gay…when are they going to stop worrying about us homosexuals and start worrying about whats really fucking important. .. and I thought in our constitution it was by the people for the people and we are all created equal. So why cant we just have equality. .and whats the big deal with us homosexuals for fucks sake…we should be the least of the worries besides all any of us wants is respect and the same equal rights as everyone…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  59. Saudi Arabia isn’t hosting the Olympics….any country that is hosting and yet intolerant certainly deserves scrutiny and pressure from the rest of the world. Why should people want to go (or bring their best) to a potluck hosted by an a**hole?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  60. So it’s going to be, what? The anti-g** propaganda law? Let’s push legislation for anti-homophobia and stupidity law. maybe the anti-Putinsanexkgbidiot law?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:30am
  61. Wow. Gays are “likely” to abuse children huh? I grew up in a straight family and my straight cousin and other straight guardians abused me. Now i have a daughter of my own. She’s the light of my life. It takes all kinds. Really. Bad behavior can come from any diversity of people.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:39am
  62. Send them Sarah Palin — she can see there from her planet. Err… Yard. ;-)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:40am
  63. Sounds like bullshit to me.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:40am
  64. The Boycott against Russia’s Olympic games stays in effect for as long President Putin holds gay people against there will.
    We here in America knows all to well about you holding back all complaints from your people for they are in fear of there life, if they say anything.
    You claim to be a Democratic society, but you act republican against your own people.
    I’m not in your country and I don’t have to obey your laws. I’m a free man in the USA, and have amendment rights which I clearly use. But peacefully. We have the freedom to speak without fear of being violated.
    You give no such rights to the people of your country, for they would be in violation of your anti gay laws.
    You say you take out the word gay of your added part to your existing law of anti gay. It will always thought against the gay people , as them being blamed to bring pedophiles.
    Mind you, some gays are that way, but not all. You blame only gays to be pedophiles, but your totally wrong. Straight people are pedophiles as well, as in our alert program that is called Amber Alert! Our system asks the public to get involved in finding these children all over the world.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:43am
  65. Again , im blessed as an American where the courts protect us from the mentality if the russians and of course republicans.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:48am
  66. Is it just me or does he look very, very gay?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:50am
  67. Purely cosmetic!!! To cover up the ANTI GAY intentions of the law and the main objective.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:00am
  68. Oh, look it’s Hitler

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:02am
  69. Just pointing out the last time we saw a “cleansing” of a minority the Nazis were in power…. Anyone else see a similarity?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:05am
  70. And we’re holding the Olympics in this Adolph Hitler wannabe’s country. Where is the conscience of every member of the IOC? I fear a nightmare is about to begin.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:23am
  71. Lets turn the clock back 75 years said Putin & his KGB bedfellows.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:27am
  72. What the actual fuck. This makes me scared for fellow LGBT+ people over there…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:37am
  73. Another Hitler….here we go. This crap needs to stop NOW!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:40am
  74. Hitler Jr. won’t be happy until he kills off every type of different person, gay or brown haired, too tall person he thinks would threaten his delusion.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:45am
  75. Путин, ты такой мудак. Иди и трахать себя.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:50am