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Russian Activists Fear Gay Milk Attack

Russian Activists Fear Gay Milk Attack

Move over Facebook, Russia’s People’s Council has a new enemy in its war against supposed homosexual threats: a milk carton it says promotes the “vice” of being gay.

Reports ABC News:

“A rainbow appeared on the cartons, a world-renowned symbol of the gay movement”, [Anatoly Artyukh of the People's Council] says. “That immediately put me on alert.”

State prosecutors are now investigating what Mr Artukh says is a deliberate attempt to promote homosexuality to children orchestrated by the multinational dairy’s owner, Pepsi Co.

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“I have no doubts about Pepsi Cola”, he says. “This is a company renowned for actively and aggressively financing and promoting homosexuality.”

Wimm-Bill-Dann, the company producing the offending milk carton, is Russia’s largest food and beverage company and was purchased by PepsiCo in 2010 for $3.8 million.

The People’s Council is claiming that the milk carton violates St. Petersburg’s anti-homosexuality “propaganda” ban that has been used to bring suits against a number of people, including popstar Madonna who it was claimed may have “turned” children gay by advocating for LGBT rights during her August 9 concert.

The St. Petersburg law is designed to prevent the “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism” under the guise of protecting children. St. Petersburg Governor Gregory Poltavchenko signed the bill into law in March this year.

The law, facing legal challenge, was recently upheld by Russia’s Supreme Court, but with limits.

The court found that it was lawful for the state to enact a law banning the promotion of homosexuality to children. Significantly, however, the court ruled the once overreaching law should be confined to cases specifically dealing with instances where a minor may be affected. This would mean that gay pride parades may no longer be automatically banned by the law.

The court did not overturn the 100-year ban on pride parades that is currently in place, however.

The hysteria over the rainbow branded carton seems in part to do with how PepsiCo as a company has taken steps to promote gay equality, but it is also symptomatic of a greater, and relatively swift, shift toward religious zealotry that has infested Russian politics.

As noted above, because the Supreme Court has now put limits on how the propaganda ban can be applied, it remains unclear whether the St. Petersburg law can be invoked in this instance.

This doesn’t seem to have deterred Anatoly Artyukh, however, who is quoted by Reuters as saying, “In the near future we are planning to picket the shops and hand out leaflets informing people that the money they spent on this milk will be used to finance gay propaganda.”

While the People’s Council’s rally for the milk carton to be banned is ludicrous and could also be viewed as being humorous even, for Russia’s LGBT community it is anything but, especially since Russia’s Duma is now considering a nationwide anti-gay propaganda ban.

Russia officially decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, though it seems Russia’s religious orthodoxy, with its vines snaking through much of Russia’s political landscape, would like to criminalize LGBT identity once again so that even the slightest inference of gay life becomes reason for protest and court action.

 

Related Reading:

St Petersburg Gay Gag Rule Had U.S. Origins

St Petersburg Activist Spared Gay Propaganda Conviction

Russian Lawmakers Face Travel Ban Call Over Gay Gag Rule

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6:37AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Gay milk? Does it come from bulls pretending to be cows???

6:29AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY??? Is this like my mother, thinking that homosexuality is TRANSMITTED?

2:24PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

I just have to laugh when anyone thinks you can 'promote' gayness, as if you can make someone gay that wasn't already born that way.

3:06AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

So no gays in Mother Russia. well there was always enough good looking young men to trap western diplomats as long as I can remember, perhaps they were imported eh Vlad.

9:12AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

I know everyone is upset because this country is trying to "brainwash" their people into what they want them to do and believe. I say at least this country's agenda is on display for everyone. Our country employees the same manipulating brainwashing crap thru TV, news, media, internet and movies. The only difference is they lie and say we are free to believe what we want. We are as long as it is approved of by the government. That is any country and everywhere you go. Lawmakers have set rules, laws and ordinances to give boundaries to the public.

8:54AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Aren't rainbows often used for daycare's too?

6:35PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Homosexuality cannot be "promoted". It's an inborn trait or it's not.

5:18AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Frightened by rainbows eh? How are they going to legislate against it's natural appearance in the sky above?

6:34PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Hatred warps minds, the proof is in the above article. The man's an obsessed raving maniac. Obsession, sad. Want to bet he's repressed?

4:03PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Milk, it does a body good-is starting to sound evil Muahahaha, you can turn children gay by exposing them to rainbows OMG . Skittles must be the king of conversions, taste the rainbow sounds kinky now LOL

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