Russia’s Supreme Court Places Limits on “Gay Propaganda” Laws

Jim Burroway

October 8th, 2012

The Supreme Court of Russia has upheld a ban on “gay propaganda” that was enacted in the Arkhangelsk region, but placed some very specific limits on the law. According to RIA Novosti, the ban only applies to “direct promotion of homosexual relations among minors“:

Pickets in support of and public discussions on gay rights remain legal despite the ban, passed by the Arkhangelsk Region’s legislature last fall, the court said. Informing minors about homosexual relations is also allowed as long as the information remains neutral in tone, the court said in a ruling passed in mid-August but not publicized until this week.

A similar law  was passed in St. Petersburg in February, and it was announced that the Moscow City Council and Russian Parliament may consider similar proposals. Similar measures are also in place in the Ryazan and Kostroma Oblasts.

Ben in Oakland

October 8th, 2012

At least someone in Russia realizes that fascism doesn’t help society. Damn judicial activists!

Lindoro Almaviva

October 8th, 2012

I am guessing that the RUSCO is somewhat similar to our SCOTUS and thus this ruling declaws similar laws passed in russia and other provinces? I wonder how is this going to help activists that have been placed under arrest or convicted und this law.

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