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Siberia Passes Anti-Gay Propaganda Law

Siberia Passes Anti-Gay Propaganda Law

 

Siberia’s lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to ban promotion of LGBT identity in public so as to supposedly protect children.

Reports NDTV:

The regional legislature in Russia’s Siberia region on Thursday passed a bill banning promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors.

“It’s mainly about various gay parades… about their promotion among minors. It’s about preventing people who are not related to homosexuality from explaining to their kids what is going on,” said Alexander Ilushchenko, who oversees a regional committee on culture, education, sports and youth policy.

A similar law that came into effect in St Petersburg in March prompted an international outcry.

It has, however, sparked Russia’s lawmakers to attempt to pass a national gag rule.

Meanwhile, a judge recently declined to invoke the new St Petersburg law during sentencing a man who held up a gay positive sign in public due to the fact that the law’s definition of what constitutes “propaganda” is so wide it is almost meaningless.

The Ryazan, Kostroma and Arkhangelsk regions have also banned so-called LGBT propaganda under the guise of protecting minors.

It recently emerged that the St Petersburg law is likely to have been inspired by a US evangelical.

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6:36AM PDT on May 1, 2012

This is just sad. You'd think in 2012 we, as a species, would have moved on to more pressing matters. Instead we torment the perceived "weaker" kids, just like the moronic insecure bullies in the playground. I always thought the Bowling for Soup song "High School Never Ends" was a joke. Now I wish it were....

1:46AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing

6:14PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

zach's country is Texas. Are they still trying to secede?

6:11PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Disgusting and Zach V you're an idiot if you believe this is a good law.

4:07PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Please have this law in our country!!!

3:46PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Christian Taliban in Russia! Oh no! They are everywhere, they are everywhere! Lock your doors!

12:27PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Russia has for a long time wanted to become a western state, but it has, in reality, been the most developed of the underdeveloped world. It is showing itself to be there again.

12:08PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

thanks :)

7:07AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Thanks.

6:18AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

"It recently emerged that the St Petersburg law is likely to have been inspired by a US evangelical." -- Now we're exporting dumb "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" laws!

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