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Russian Church Official Wants National Gay Gag Rule

Russian Church Official Wants National Gay Gag Rule


Fresh off the back of the governor of St. Petersburg signing into law a ban on the so-called “promotion” of LGBT identity in the public sphere, the AP reports that a senior figure in the Russian Orthodox Church is lobbying for the government to adopt a nationwide ban on the promotion of gay rights.

Via the AP:

Father Dmitry Pershin, head of the church’s youth council, said Monday in a statement that the law should be applied nationwide “without delay.”

Gay rights activists say the law could be used to ban any public demonstrations by Russia’s embattled gay and transgender community.

More via official news agency RIA Novosti:

“The determination displayed by representatives of sexual minorities and their desire to continue rallying outside children’s establishments indicate the timeliness of this regional law, which should, without delay, be given federal status, this, however, is the task for State Duma lawmakers,” Hieromonk Dimitri Pershin, the Russian patriarch’s representative on youth issues, said in a statement obtained by RIA Novosti.

Pershin’s comments came after an alleged statement by gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev, who said LGBT groups would protest in front of kindergardens in response to the law.

Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoida did not immediately return a request for comment.

The St. Petersburg law is designed to prevent the “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism” under the guise of protecting children. The legislation includes a ban on gay positive messages in public and would serve to virtually ban gay pride events.

For breaking this law there is a fine of 5,000 rubles ($170) for individuals, and for officials 50,000 rubles ($1,725). The fine for legal entities has increased tenfold since the original version of the legislation, from 50,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles ($17,250).

This comes as LGBT rights groups in the country denounce the St. Petersburg law and aim particular criticism at St. Petersburg Governor Gregory Poltavchenko, accusing him of putting his religious beliefs — he is an open proponent for the Orthodox Church — before his obligation to civil rights.

Russia has repeatedly attempted to defy a European Court of Human Rights ruling saying that the nation must allow LGBT citizens freedom of assembly.

The European Union has already adopted a resolution “strongly” condemning the law and all attempts made by Russian lawmakers to criminalize and marginalize the country’s LGBT population.


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6:30PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I don't know much about the Russian Orthodox Church but since it surely couldn't have any homosexuals in it like the Catholic Church has maybe they've a corner on morality. BUT I sincerely doubt this. So they too need to get a grip on reality and leave the LGBT community alone!

4:32PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

wasn't it against the Party to practice religion years ago? Now these idiots want to go after another group of people!! You'd think they would have compassion. Lesson NOT learned.

2:37PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I see stupid means the same thing around the world. Control FREAKS, filled with fear and hate is what they are and they are trying to take us all back to the dark ages.

11:20AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

There is still so much bigotry in the world. But then, my own nation has just recently begun becoming a better nation with regards to its treatment of gay, lesbian, bi, and trans people, and it still has a long way to go. I expect Russia will improve too. This is a sign that they are afraid. And they are afraid, because they see signs of progress. While it would be better if people embraced kindness and tolerance, this is not a surprising development along the path to eventual decent treatment.

10:33AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012


10:29AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

They should enact a national gag rule against this church 'official' and exile his dumb***. He's an insult to his church and nation. Homophobes should be dæmonised.

8:42AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Astonishing, Russia was godlessly communist for almost 100 years and now they have religion the best they can do with it is condemn gay people. Religion is the antithesis of love and caring in all instances. I don't care what they say their actions always speak louder.

5:58AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Good for the official

5:47AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Of course they want a gag or all their Gays in the church who joined for the wearing of the lacy, embroidered, long, many layered dresses (or is the word here vestments) and gold apparel would have to possibly leave as reason for joining not religion but frippery OR transvestism !!

Mon Dieu! and then the High and Catholic Church might be found out too ...

4:07AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

A Churches ever a bastion of Bigotry... what a surprise...not.

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