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St. Petersburg Russia Approves Second Reading of “Ban-The-Gay” Bill

Jim Burroway

February 8th, 2012

The St. Petersburg city legislature passed the second of three readings today a bill which prohibits “public actions aimed at promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgender minors” and the “uncontrolled dissemination of public information” including “misconceptions about the social equivalence of traditional and nontraditional marriage.” On the second reading, the bill approved today includes fines that are significantly higher than those provided in the original bill. Individuals convicted under the law will be fined 5,000 rubles (US$167) and organizations will be fined 500,000 rubles (US$16,698), a figure which will effectively shut down St. Petersburg’s LGBT organizations including a prestigious international film festival. The vote was 31-6.

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F Young
February 8th, 2012 | LINK

This is scary enough. But, what’s even more scary is that the Republicans and the rest of the religious right would do exactly the same thing in the USA if they had the power to do it.

The American right has more in common with Russia and China than with Europe.Deep down, the religious right everywhere are fascists.

Mark F.
February 9th, 2012 | LINK

The interesting thing about Russia is that an awful lot of its citizens are not religious at all. The Russian Orthodox Church is the quasi-state church but few people are active members.

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