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Russia's State Duma Passes Ban on 'Gay Propaganda' in 434-0 Vote


A disgusting action was taken today by Russia's lower parliament as it voted unanimously for a ban on "gay propaganda", the AP reports:

The lower house of Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly passed a bill that stigmatises the gay community and bans the distribution of information about homosexuality to children.

The State Duma voted 434-0 with one abstention to approve the Kremlin-backed legislation, which imposes hefty fines for holding gay pride rallies or providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors.

The upper house still needs to approve the bill and Putin still needs to sign it.

Both are expected to happen.

Earlier today...
Russian Schoolboys Kick Gay Rights Activist: PHOTO
Gay Activists Attacked, Arrested in Russia as Passage of Homophobic Bill Looms: VIDEO

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  1. They all are equivalent to the NAZIS in 2013!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 11, 2013 11:00:37 AM

  2. Putin et al. will come to rue this day.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jun 11, 2013 11:03:43 AM

  3. some ways - This is THEIR DOMA

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 11, 2013 11:05:33 AM

  4. Nazi Party (Russian edition)

    Posted by: J. Alan | Jun 11, 2013 11:12:45 AM

  5. What part of Africa...or Chicago is Russia in?

    Posted by: pedro | Jun 11, 2013 11:13:10 AM

  6. Congrats to Russia as it joins countries like North Korea, Iran, Uganda and Saudi Arabia in its disgusting treatment of LGBT citizens. There's no such thing as the separation of church (or mosque) and state (or, in the case of NK, cult personality and state) in these homophobic culture countries. There seems to be no belief in science either.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 11, 2013 11:18:48 AM

  7. Welcome to the USSR! Again!

    Posted by: Marc C | Jun 11, 2013 11:19:37 AM

  8. 434-0 Just awful.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 11, 2013 11:20:40 AM

  9. It makes me wonder what would have happened to anyone with a dissenting vote.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 11, 2013 11:23:24 AM

  10. To expect enlightened policies on any issues from the Russians is like expecting pigs to fly. It is not by accident that Russians were ruled by Czars and Communists for their entire history. They are a backward people.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 11, 2013 11:25:41 AM

  11. Indeed, the USSR is back, and Dictator Putin is calling the shots. Russia has certainly gone to s**t since he took power.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 11, 2013 11:28:08 AM

  12. The Church is behind this.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jun 11, 2013 11:28:10 AM

  13. It just shows how brainwashing and dictatorships go hand-in-hand.
    A sick country on many,many levels.
    Hatred only leads to more hatred and ugliness. Good luck with that Russia!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 11, 2013 11:28:15 AM

  14. LOL @ "What part of Africa...or Chicago is Russia in?"

    You beat me to it, Pedro. Where's Rick/David Hagatha Hearne & Sean? They're waiting for a story where they can rant about "black savages"...LOL.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 11, 2013 11:28:16 AM

  15. You could not pay me to go to Russia. They're a struggling mess of lazy drunk savages. I'm part-Russian so I can be racist, see.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 11, 2013 11:32:44 AM

  16. Boycott Russia and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia!

    Posted by: metta | Jun 11, 2013 11:38:49 AM

  17. Has anyone else given up Stoli?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 11, 2013 11:40:24 AM

  18. Boycott 2014 Winter Olympics!

    Posted by: litper | Jun 11, 2013 11:40:32 AM

  19. 434 to Zero...

    Huh... really? Go figure.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 11, 2013 11:47:04 AM

  20. this is shocking.

    Posted by: m | Jun 11, 2013 11:49:35 AM

  21. Russian Theocracy coming soon to Eastern Europe.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 11, 2013 11:49:41 AM

  22. I have not seen a serious article explaining why this extreme homophobia is taking place. It seems unusual that it is going in
    the opposite direction from most Western/European nations.
    Historically, Russia has gone in swings from wanting to be part
    of Europe (the creation of St. Petersburg) to turning inward (the
    Communist era.)

    Why now? Economics? Political power?

    Anyone know of any articles that explain this within a larger context?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jun 11, 2013 11:50:56 AM

  23. Wow, 434-0, cowards.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 11, 2013 11:54:09 AM

  24. The Olympics are an ideal place to humiliate the Russian government. This needs to be made a big priority for the international gay community. We can actually affect things using this as leverage.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jun 11, 2013 12:02:50 PM

  25. @Robert...luckily, I have no Russian in me (whew!)but I agree with your astute observation.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Jun 11, 2013 12:03:21 PM

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