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Russian Duma Passes Ban on Gay 'Propaganda' in 390-1 Vote on First Reading: VIDEO

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Russia's Duma has passed a bill banning gay "propaganda" in a 390-1 vote on the bill's first reading Russian LGBT Network reports in a press release:

Today, January 25, the Russian State Duma passed bill against so called "propaganda of homosexualism" in the first reading (out of 390 deputes, 1 voted against, 1 abstained). 52 deputes didn't vote. The bill was introduced by the Novosibirsk region Legislative Assembly on 28 March. Its first reading was delayed many times. According to the article 6.13.1 the fine for persons is 4-5.000RUB (132-165USD), for officials -- 40-50 000RUB (1300-1600USD), and 400-500 000RUB (13 200-16 500USD) for companies. Similar laws have passed in 10 regions of Russia.

Now the Committee on Family, Women and Children Matters is to refine the bill taking in account all amendments received and initiate the second reading by the Russian State Duma. The Duma decision states that the responsible Committee should accept the amendments that determine the "homosexualism" term description or to replace it with another term which can be found in the Russian legislation and to specify the set of elements of this administrative offense. The amendments will be accepted for consideration till 25 May.

Elena Mizulina, the head of the Committee for Family Matters, declared that the task team on this matter will be organized. According to her, there will be a representative from LGBT in this team.

Igor Kochetkov, the Chairman of the LGBT network: "The State Duma must pass the laws that prohibit any discrimination. If the task team, Mizulina said about, is ready to change the bill 6.13.1 so that it no more contains provisions offending and discriminating LGBT community, than we are ready to take part in this team and make our proposals. Another question is who will be in this team. It's important to hear not only an opinion of related parties but also an opinion of independent human right defenders. We think that apart from people mentioned by Mizulina, there must be representatives of Russian Federation ombudsman and human right organizations, who have an experience in defending the freedom of expression and right to exercise the freedom of peaceful assembly, in this team. Only if these terms are observed, we can talk about considering this bill not on religious or political grounds but from human right and respect for human dignity point of view”*.

After two more readings, the bill will be signed by President Vladimir Putin.

Russian police broke up another kiss-in protest outside the State Duma in Moscow as it prepared to consider the law, Reuters reports:

KissinPolice said about 20 people were detained outside the State Duma, the lower house, after minor scuffles broke out between rival groups of supporters and opponents of the law. The supporters, some of them holding Russian Orthodox icons or crosses, cheered and threw eggs as police hauled away protesters who started kissing. One gay activist was splashed with green paint, witnesses said.

If approved by the two houses of parliament, and signed by Putin, the law would ban the promotion of gay events across Russia and impose fines on the organizers.

Three dozen were detained in the protest, according to the AP.

Watch a Euronews report on the recent uptick in violence and the Duma's consideration of the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Click on the linked article below and look at the photo: it tells you all you need to know about why these actions are taking place even though Russia did away with Soviet-era laws against homosexuality two decades ago.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/12/st-petersburg-bans-homosexual-propaganda

    You see, the issue here is not homosexuality, it is what the bill is referring to as "homosexualism"....in other words the culture of "gay" and the effeminacy it represents and embraces, disgustingly so.....

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 25, 2013 2:42:26 PM


  2. Young'uns,
    "RICK" is a perfect example of what happens to gay men if they stay closeted for too long.

    they go crazy, and then blame their problems on everyone else who Came Out.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 2:52:19 PM


  3. yeah..... we don't need to do some effeminacy purge to gain acceptance, we shouldn't need to. If we achieve queer liberation without severely debilitating patriarchy and misogyny as social institutions we get a half victory at best. It's my opinion that to get some kind of queer rights victory while sparing patriarchal/misogynist institutions would be more work than just getting people to drop the whole part and parcel with the understanding that homophobia is firmly rooted in misogyny.

    Basically, getting acceptance by adhering to the prejudices of another doesn't really make anyone more free.

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Jan 25, 2013 3:19:38 PM


  4. hey M@tty!!!

    i just dont get the arguments. if i'm such an "effeminate stereotypical f@g" then why are all the non-gays (and gays...) in my life so pro-LGBT?

    wouldn't my stereotypically effeminacy have driven them all away?

    *elegant curtsy*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 3:30:29 PM


  5. KIWI - come on, everyone in your life is scared of you, including your parents. Your sharp claws, tongue and smell. All of them are the only people you CAN associate with. They haven't got the spine to slap you back, that...or...you tell us.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 25, 2013 3:50:41 PM


  6. so my stereotypical effeminacy frightens them into doing my bidding?

    hilarious. you don't need to jump around with you aliases - we all know it's you typing.

    so, i'm an effeminate streotypical f@g and because of it people are "scared of me" and thus become vocal and visible advocates for the LGBT Communities.

    congrats, you're so f***ing stupid that you just made an argument that "effeminacy" can be a powerful way to get people to be proactive.

    you're very funny, UFFDARickTRollJasonYupp. very funny.

    and incredibly stupid.

    die in a car fire.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 25, 2013 3:58:58 PM


  7. Whenever you see a vote where 99.9 % of the voters agree on something, they are not voting but following orders. That’s not a democracy. Never was. Putin is the new Tsar with intervals disguised as prime minister. Don’t worry, once gays are banned they will find another smoke to cover their failures.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Jan 25, 2013 6:30:22 PM


  8. @CandideInNC: St Petersburg *already* has this anti-LGBT law.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 25, 2013 7:19:55 PM


  9. Well, that comment thread got derailed pretty quickly. Nice job, Rick.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 25, 2013 9:54:56 PM


  10. Sputter sputter toil and flutter
    flap your little wings and mutter
    "Look my URL is proof
    That I'm the bigger better poof."

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jan 25, 2013 10:18:36 PM


  11. It turns out the vote count was wrong.

    The ONE person who voted against the law now claims that he pressed the wrong button.

    So it was unanimous in the Duma, with one abstention (for political reasons).

    It really is quite scary, and nobody knows exactly how the law will be applied, beyond stopping gay rights rallies and marches.

    Whoever mentioned the Russian economy and people sinking into alcoholism, etc., the economy, which is based on oil, is doing quite well. Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world. Most Russians, aside from the intellectuals, are perfectly happy with the authoritarian clerico-fascist regime. That's what's sad.

    And as to Stalin, yes. I saw an interview in which the reporter asked an anti-gay Duma delegate if she didn't think maybe they should reintroduce Stalin's law and send gay people to the camps. Her response: "Don't touch Stalin!"

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 26, 2013 10:32:06 AM


  12. Lil' C*unt,

    Will you PLEASE stop trolling and STFU? Please? With sugar on top?

    ***********

    Russia isn't still a formidable potential enemy? Are you serious? Russia has vast numbers of nukes and adequate to good delivery systems. Russia is an energy super power and the EU relies HEAVILY on Russian oil.

    **********

    Russia has never really had a real democracy in the western sense. The USSR [READ: Russian Empire] was ostensibly internationalist, but when it broke up Russia simply lost a chunk of it's empire and it's now ditched internationalism and Marxism for fascism and un-abashed nationalism. At the end of the day, both system's have far more in common with each other than with the system's of so-called democratic governments that exist in the west. You can wean anyone who is used to only one extremist type of lifestyle, belief, ideology, or whatever to accept a non-extremist, middle of the road, Agnostic if you will, style of government, lifestyle,ideology. Such people can be easily manipulated and swayed to accept simply another extremist ideology in place of the one they lost. It is what it i.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 26, 2013 10:45:28 AM


  13. I've yet to see a happy Russian. Poor things. Centuries of misery and they're still no further forward. It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Jan 26, 2013 1:14:30 PM


  14. good thanks verys

    Posted by: sohbet odaları | May 4, 2013 3:15:11 AM


  15. super lo tesekkurler

    Posted by: sohbet | May 4, 2013 3:15:22 AM


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