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.

Comments

  1. Munro says

    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.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    “I can’t imagine a more backward, ignorant government.”

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

  3. JED says

    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?

  4. Randal Oulton says

    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.”

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