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St. Petersburg Legislature Passes Anti-Gay Bill

Jim Burroway

February 29th, 2012

Via the Russian LGBT web site Anti-Dogma comes word (Google Translate) comes word that the legislature of St. Petersburg, Russia, gave its approval on the third reading of a bill prohibiting the “promotion” of homosexuality. As Anti-Dogma put it:

For educated people, it is obvious that any propaganda of homosexuality does not exist in nature. This means that the law is needed for something else. In particular, for the creation of obstacles to human rights organizations.

The same legislative speculators who want to curry favor with the authorities, with the same zeal can take, and for other minority religious, ethnic, etc. And those who now applauds “the triumph of traditional values,” very soon may be surprised to find himself among the “forbidden”.

According to Anti-Dogma, twenty-nine deputies voted for the bill, five against, and one abstained. According to earlier reports, the bill prohibits organizations and individuals from engaging in “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors.” he bill has a separate but identical provision banning advocacy for pedophilia, thus equating it with homosexuality in the public debate. During the bill’s second reading earlier this month, the penalties were significantly increased. Individuals convicted under the law will be fined 5,000 rubles (US$173) and organizations will be fined 500,000 rubles (US$17,285), a figure which will effectively shut down St. Petersburg’s LGBT organizations. Similar measures have been enacted in Ryazan, Kostroma and Arkhangelsk Oblasts.

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Darina
February 29th, 2012 | LINK

It’s too late at night for me to try to edit a Google translation from one foreign language into another (if that’s necessary), so here is a source in coherent English for now:
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/02/29/st-petersburg-passes-gay-propaganda-law-2/

I understand Russian very well when I’m not so tired. Feel free to email me if you need help to decipher some Russian text.

iDavid
March 1st, 2012 | LINK

This is very disappointing. I guess patience that freedom will spread even to the harshest of nations is what we can look forward to. It will come to pass.
For those stuck in the waiting game, I would urge them to be strong and know there is great support for their plight moving forward.
It’s a difficult game but worth it when the war is finally over.

ricky lee
April 2nd, 2012 | LINK

There’s only one freedom and that is to let gays do whatever we want no matter what. No one has ever died or gotten an STD because of a gay person! The media made it all up! It’s their fault my life is the way it is!

Craig Chilton
October 2nd, 2012 | LINK

Prior to Stalin’s death in about 60 years ago, the USSR’s rulers (not the people) truly DID comprise an Evil Empire. Then things got better slowly until Gorby came to power. Then the USSR disintegrated, and Russia entered a transition Golden Age of freedom and democracy. Tragically, though, the “Evil Empire” seeds apparently had only lain dormant, and now are again starting to germinate. As we saw here, and now (in October, 2012) are seeing in Ukraine! What a shame for all those hundreds of millions of fine people in those nations. Perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be…

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