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Law Banning 'Gay Propaganda' Advances in Ukraine

Ukrainian lawmakers have advanced a law that would ban "gay propaganda" similar to the one passed earlier this year in St. Petersburg, Russia, RIA Novosti reports:

UkraineThe draft law, approved by 289 out of 350 lawmakers at a parliament session on Tuesday, envisions amendments to several existing laws which would impose prison terms of up to five years and hefty fines for spreading the “propaganda of homosexuality.”

The bill's authors claim "gay propaganda" could lead to a worsening of Ukraine's HIV/AIDS epidemic and destroy the traditional family institution, causing a demographic crisis in the country.

“By promoting the extreme forms of sexual frivolity, the Ukrainian media is creating the conditions for the spread of the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine,” an explanatory note accompanying the bill says.

“In order to prevent this dangerous process, it is necessary to introduce legislation banning the propaganda of homosexuality by the Ukrainian media,” the note says.

A second vote is expected on October 16, after which it could become law.

Image: a Ukrainian gay rights activist is beaten as the media looks on, in May 2012.

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  1. All Ukrainian men must be bisexual if they fear turning gay.

    In any case, one hopes for another Communist takeover of that hole.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 2, 2012 9:41:39 AM

  2. Russia and Africa: it gets worse, and then... it gets worse. And then... wait for it... worse still.

    Posted by: Munro | Oct 2, 2012 9:45:52 AM

  3. And by 'Russia' i mean all of eastern europe. But while im still here lemme add the middle east to the mix of places where sh#t never improves on any front.

    Posted by: Munro | Oct 2, 2012 9:51:07 AM

  4. I can't imagine a more backward, ignorant government.

    Oh, wait... yes I can:


    Posted by: johnny | Oct 2, 2012 10:02:23 AM

  5. This just proves that humans are just one gene away from primates!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Oct 2, 2012 11:05:35 AM

  6. "I can't imagine a more backward, ignorant government."

    You won't have to worry about imagining another one, Johnny. Romney won't win.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 2, 2012 11:39:30 AM

  7. Religion=Death.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Oct 2, 2012 11:57:24 AM

  8. and what are the good people of ukraine doing to counter this development? is anyone starting to prepare a challenge against this prospective law based on the ukraine constitution and/or the various european and international treaties on human rights for which ukraine is a signatory?

    Posted by: JED | Oct 2, 2012 12:17:18 PM

  9. So there is a reason they aren't allowed to join the EU.

    Posted by: Zine | Oct 2, 2012 12:49:45 PM

  10. ...and so it begins.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Oct 2, 2012 2:59:07 PM

  11. Well, there's a reason those kinds of countries were always called "Second World" instead of "First World", and they appear determined to stay "Second World."

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Oct 2, 2012 5:13:10 PM

  12. How disappointing to those of us who have always looked to Ukraine as a progressive nation. LOL!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 3, 2012 2:18:41 AM

  13. Sign a petition against this inhuman law here:


    Posted by: Ben Dibbits | Oct 3, 2012 11:48:17 AM

  14. They're just immersed in the battle between the Catholic Ukrainians and the Orthodox Ukrainians that they can't see anything else;-)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 3, 2012 1:42:36 PM

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