Topic: Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia
MOSCOW, August 18 (R-Sport) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday the country's controversial anti-gay legislation is for the protection of its young generation, "whose psyche has not been formed," and lumped in the promotion of homosexuality with that of alcohol and drug abuse.
Mutko, who has emerged in recent weeks as one of Russia's spokespeople for how it plans to enact the law during the Sochi Olympics next February, smirked when asked about the subject at a closing news conference for the world athletics championships in Moscow.
"I've had to repeat this question numerous times and I should like to clarify once again, this law does not deprive any citizen of their rights, whether it's an athlete, a participant, an organizer or guests who may arrive in Russia," he said.
The law bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors, though Russian officials have yet to clarify how, exactly, it might be enacted. Still, Russia’s Interior Ministry confirmed last week that it would enforce the law, which many activists regard as an assault on free speech, in the Olympic host city next year.
The International Olympic Committee said last week it is seeking clarification before issuing a formal statement on the law.
"We want to protect our young generation, whose psyche has not been formed," Mutko said at Luzhniki Stadium on the last day of the championships, which began August 10. "We want to protect them against the propaganda of drunkenness, drugs and non-traditional sexual relations. When they grow up and become adults, they have to define what they want for themselves."
The controversy has hovered over the world championships, with Russian pole vault great and reigning gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva vehemently defending the law on Thursday only to say later her comments "may have been misunderstood."
Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro garnered attention that day when she painted her fingernails rainbow colors in support of gay rights during qualification. She competed in the final two days later with red paint after Swedish athletics officials told her doing so again might be in violation of IAAF conduct.
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- moistHe´s of course right but...19:15, 18/08/2013..it´s not about the law any more.
It´s about the US, Soros and team anglo-america and it´s Russophobic media using this as a give-away distraction from the embarrassing Snowden-affair.
The western Borg-collective media are in a Russia bashing mode again and they will keep this redicolous story cooking for as long as they can, Russian media should focus it back to Snowden...
- ruypenalvaHomosexuality could not be prevented00:20, 19/08/2013Homosexuality could not be prevented by any means. It could be repressed but not prevented. I don't know the role if any the psyche has in it.It is very complex to the point that a gay do not search a heterosexual to marry but search another gay.
- alexk2(no title)23:34, 19/08/2013Except the Russian government makes way too much money off taxes on alcohol to ever ban "alcoholism propaganda" or any such bullshit.
Western governments are being hypocritical as well in critisizing Russia's oppression of gays while their Arab buddies oppress their women and countless other worse things.
- firstname.lastname@example.orgPromotion of Homosexuality Similar to Drugs07:20, 20/08/2013Promoting homosexuality to children and adolescents is wrong, and the Russian Government is right to ban such promotion so as not to corrupt their morals. Promoting sexual perversion to adolescents - and, especially children as young as six - is an abomination, according to Christian teachings. Jesus regarded (and still does)the corrupting of young children's morals through sexual deviancy as among the worst sins man can commit. The Russians are doing the right thing by protecting their children from such perversion.
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