Monday, January 21, 2013

Russia Moving Backwards On Gay Rights

AP PHOTO/MISHA JAPARIDZE

Its seems that Russia is moving in the wrong direction with gay rights.  Despite Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's claim that he is against this law, it looks like the proposed law is moving forward in the Russian Parliament.

Via AP:

MOSCOW — Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia’s parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention and the equivalent of a $16 fine on a charge of “hooliganism.” But if a bill that comes up for a first vote later this month becomes law, such a public kiss could be defined as illegal “homosexual propaganda” and bring a fine of up to $16,000. The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal nationwide to provide minors with information that is defined as “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism.” It includes a ban on holding public events that promote gay rights. St. Petersburg and a number of other Russian cities already have similar laws on their books. Read more: 

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