Russia Moves to Ban 'Homosexual Propaganda'
In a bid to clamp down on Western values
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2013 4:52 PM CST
In this 2009 file photo, a gay rights activist is detained by a police officer in Moscow, Russia.   (Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – Kissing his boyfriend during a protest in front of Russia's parliament earned Pavel Samburov 30 hours of detention on a charge of "hooliganism." But if a bill that comes up for a vote later this month becomes law, such a kiss could be deemed illegal "homosexual propaganda" carrying a fine of up to $16,000. The legislation being pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church would make it illegal to provide minors with "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. The bill is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values as opposed to Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and church see as corrupting Russian youth and by extension contributing to a wave of protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule. The move has been met mostly with either indifference or open enthusiasm by average Russians. Levada polls conducted last year show that almost two-thirds of Russians find homosexuality "morally unacceptable and worth condemning."

View 5 more images

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Russia Moves to Ban 'Homosexual Propaganda' is...
4%
2%
22%
49%
10%
14%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 164 comments
Zero_for_President
May 13, 2013 10:21 AM CDT
Another example of global fascism, trying in vain to hold people down http://www.heartvote.com
WallyEFunk
Jan 23, 2013 1:32 PM CST
I believe in the traditional biblical marriage: One man and his sister one man and his dead brother's wife one man and one woman and her servants one man and his rape victim one man and many women one man and 700 women and 300 concubines one man and one woman and her slaves one soldier and his virgin prisoners Just not one man and one man. THAT would be immoral.
Kent
Jan 23, 2013 11:45 AM CST
oh no what will barney frankey think about this?