Topic: Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia
BRUSSELS, January 31 (RIA Novosti) - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday expressed her concern about a Russian bill making “homosexual propaganda” among minors an administrative offense.
“The implementation of this law could reinforce discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex people as well as all those who support them and their choices, in particular by limiting their freedom of expression and their freedom of association and assembly,” the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy said.
Ashton said that Russia should observe the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that the freedom of expression and freedom of association for all individuals should be protected.
The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, overwhelmingly approved the bill in its first reading on January 26. Just one deputy voted against the bill and one abstained, while 388 voted for it.
The bill would levy fines for “homosexual propaganda” of up to $16,000 for legal entities, while individuals and officials could face fines of around $160 and $1,600, respectively. Local legislatures in several Russian regions, including St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk, have already passed a similar law.
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- Arthur ClarkThe lesbian and gay community wants your sons and daughters05:02, 31/01/2013the gay rights movement they are not happy with just having thier own gay rights they want our children as well.
Russia you are square on the mark with the gay propaganda law. The majority here in the United States are sick and tired of every time turning the corner hearing about gay rights, especially so that our children are exposed to this propaganda to the extent that they don't ask a natural question of what makes girls different than boys but ask about gay men or lesbian women. Or children here in the United are sexually confused.
But this is exactly what the L&G community want, they want to recruit our children so that thier numbers will increase and thus have greater clout and impact of our culture and norms.
- bielecAnother shot at Russia's culture06:26, 31/01/2013Ashton, don't try to impose your roten values and hidden agendas on another country with different culture and traditions. We know what your goal is:
“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.”
- Brock Chisholm, Director UN World Health Organization (1948-53).
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