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European Parliament Condemns LGBT Censorship in Russia: VIDEO


The European Parliament today adopted a resolution condemning a recent bill passed on its second reading in St. Petersburg and under consideration in Moscow and proposed federally in Russia that bans LGBT organizations, Gay Pride events and and so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality.

The Intergroup on LGBT Rights reports:

Presented by five political groups, the resolution recalls that Russia is subject to several international human rights agreements, including the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

With this text, the European Parliament “strongly condemns the adoption by the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg of a law against propaganda on sexual orientation”, and “equally condemns similar laws adopted in the Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma regions”.

The Parliament further “calls on all Russian authorities to stop restricting freedom of expression in relation to sexual orientation or gender identity”.

On Monday, MEP Michael Cashman ripped the bills in a floor speech.

Said Cashman, speaking on behalf of those against the legislation: "It's starting point is that homosexuality is wrong. What is wrong is the promotion of intolerance and discrimination, precisely what these repressive laws set out to achieve."

Watch Cashman blast the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

Michael Cashman speaks out against LGBT censorship in Russia from LGBT Intergroup on Vimeo.


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  1. Thank god for the EU even though for 200 years the Russians have largely failed in trying to import Western European ideals and ideas.
    The whole place is still like a trans-Siberian Arkansas.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 16, 2012 12:59:50 PM

  2. This is important and historic. Nonetheless, I kept being distracted from the seriousness of his comments, noticing what a hot daddy Michael Cashman is!

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Feb 16, 2012 1:14:40 PM

  3. @ Uffda: St. Petersburg is considered the most western city in Russia, and of course they are the ones passing this bill. 2012 marks the 300th anniversary of Peter the Great moving the capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg (it was moved back upon his death in 1725).

    @ Throwslikeagirl: Yes, Michael Cashman is hot. He looks like Alan Dale (Bradford Meade from Ugly Betty).

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Feb 16, 2012 5:29:45 PM

  4. @ Ruddigore: Being from the UK, I'm proud of Michael Cashman.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Feb 16, 2012 9:41:03 PM

  5. @ Ruddigore: Oops, forgot to say, he is hot.

    Posted by: sylvatica | Feb 16, 2012 9:44:25 PM

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