Russia seeks nationwide ban on ‘homosexual propaganda’
Russia could soon adopt a controversial new law that targets lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, according to the Associated Press.
The Russian parliament will vote this week on legislation that would outlaw providing minors with “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.” The bill would make promoting homosexuality to minors, including public rallies to promote LGBT rights, a federal crime with fines of up to about $16,000.
Critics of the proposed law say that “propaganda” is loosely defined, allowing the country to prohibit a wide range of information and activities.
“It will discriminate against LGBTI people, in a country where discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is already widespread,” John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International said.
“This law perversely presumes that the moral, spiritual and psychological development of children is best served by denying them access to support and information that can help them make informed, autonomous and responsible decisions. The law is not just unjust, it is patently absurd.”
The proposed law, which is supported by President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church, has already been enacted in St. Petersburg and other cities. The law was used as the basis of a strange legal complaint against Vesyoly Molochnik milk, which featured a rainbow in its logo.
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