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In Unanimous Vote, Russia Passes Bill Making It Illegal To Tell Kids Gay People Exist

by David Badash on June 11, 2013

in Civil Rights,News,Politics

Editor’s note: As this story was published, Russia passed the bill by a unanimous vote, 434-0.
Original story follows:

Russia today is voting on a Vladimir Putin supported bill that makes it illegal to tell children gay people exist or that homosexuality is equal to heterosexuality, and provides for fines, jail time, and deportation for those who violate the law.

LOOK: Anti-Gay Violence Breaks Out In Moscow As Russia Criminalizes Telling Kids Gays Exist (Video, Photos)

“The bill provides for Russian citizens engaged in the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation’ to be fined, while foreigners could be arrested and immediately deported,” The Independent UK reports:

In recent weeks there have been two killings in which homophobia appears to have played at least a part, and the loose language of the law suggests that even services such as counselling for gay teenagers, or safe-sex advice, could theoretically be deemed illegal.

If the Duma passes the law in its key second reading, it could come into force by the end of the month.

A number of regions have already adopted a similar law, and now MPs from President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party want to implement a nationwide ban on “gay propaganda”.

The law defines the rather nebulous concept as “spreading information aimed at forming non- traditional sexual behaviour among children, suggesting this behaviour is attractive, and making a false statement about the socially equal nature of traditional and non-traditional relationships”.

“Gay activists gathered outside the parliament ahead of the vote and kissed in public but were outnumbered by several hundred supporters of the bill, some carrying religious icons,” AFP adds:

A police spokesman said around 20 were detained in scuffles.
“Traditional sexual relations are relations between a man and a woman,” one of the bill’s authors, Yelena Mizulina of the left-leaning, Kremlin-friendly A Just Russia party, told lawmakers.

“These relations need special protection from the government.”

UPDATE 10:20 AM EDT: As noted above, the bill passed as this story was published. The AP notes:

The bill still needs to be approved by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, but neither step is in doubt.

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Editor June 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

The Libertarian Party in Russia has denounced the measure and activists are working on several coalition initiatives.

hazarkielkifla June 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

<div class="idc-message" id="idc-comment-msg-div-661328851"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(661328851)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthenewcivilrightsmovement.com%2Frussia-poised-to-pass-bill-making-it-illegal-to-tell-children-gay-people-exist%2Fpolitics%2F2013%2F06%2F11%2F68483#IDComment661328851&t=I%20just%20commented%20on%20In%20Unanimous%20Vote%2C%20Russia%20Passes%20Bill%20Making%20It%20Illegal%20To%20Tell%20Kids%20Gay%20People%20Exist%20%7C%20The%20New%20Civil%20Rights%20Movement&quot; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(661328851)">Close MessageI do not know exactly how to interpret this movement in Russia, which is already a good sign. When we see each year more and more countries taking this stance in favour of homosexuality, legalizing civil union ("marriage") between people of the same sex, one cannot help to think that these russian attitude is precisely what Russia can be about, the Russian promise: a promise of balance and regaining the ancient values of civilisation. Against drugs, wars, pettiness, consummerism, unbelief, etc. In order not to annihilate those things, but to maintain them as small pockets of corruption, which will be tolerated in every society. To few people and hidden, not shown in pride as if it were something to flaunt about. Of course, these Russian attitude won't be understood in Occident. But I think it would be wiser to bet on the Oriental feeling about it. An old refrain in my country says that, when there are many people in one side of the boat, you have to put a great weight on the other side, to balance. Maybe this attitude won't last in Russia, but then, let's hope the sympathy toward degeneration won't last also in the West.

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