Topic: Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia
MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti)
Russia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a complaint from a human rights organization over St. Petersburg’s controversial law prohibiting propaganda of homosexuality among minors.
The complaint, which claimed the law was too broad and violates federal law, had been rejected by a St. Petersburg court in May.
A representative of the LGBT community said on Wednesday that the court had failed to establish any harmful social impact from homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender relations.
“The idea of tolerance forms in childhood, whether it concerns politics, religion or sexual orientation,” the activist said. She added that because minors may have gay peers, they should be provided with appropriate information, not just negative stereotypes.
The law, which penalizes “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors,” came into force in St. Petersburg on March 17. It provides for fines of up to about $16,000 for individuals and $160,000 for organizations that promote homosexuality.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Oscar de la Renta Creative Genius in Pictures
Infographics: Nobel Peace Prize
During the 11th Annual Meeting to be held in Sochi from October 22 to 24, experts of the Valdai International Discussion Club will focus on whether the global community will develop ground rules for the world politics or whether it will be a game without any rules where everyone fend for themselves.