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

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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. gr8guyca-- I have the same question. Has this extreme homophobia existed for a long time or has it just perked-up in the last few years? It's astonishing. It makes me sad because I have Russian ancestry. :(

    Posted by: neonzx | Jun 11, 2013 12:04:42 PM


  2. Cancelling trip to St. Petersburg next year.....this is worse than Africa.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 11, 2013 12:36:41 PM


  3. This is a major blow to human rights to all. This isn't just about gay issues. We cannot be silent to this event. Russia is a permanent member of the security council and this has implications outside of their boarders as well.


    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Posted by: Sean Howell | Jun 11, 2013 1:30:28 PM


  4. Everybody knows what a 434-0 in a parliament means, and it's not a democracy

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jun 11, 2013 1:37:26 PM


  5. See this GOP. Putin is Rick Santorum with government sanction.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 11, 2013 1:51:10 PM


  6. It is sad that Democratic values are still missing in Russia.

    So what about the theory Capitalism protects freedom? The plutocratic one party system of Putin seems to rather contradict that theory.

    Posted by: Keith | Jun 11, 2013 2:20:53 PM


  7. Basically England under Thatcher. So Russias got about 30 more years to go?

    Posted by: barahik | Jun 11, 2013 2:25:06 PM


  8. Nothing says international superpower like being afraid of sissies.

    Basically, authoritarianism claims moral as well as legal authority, yet also requires an enemy other to blame for failure. Read some Hannah Arendt for an overview (her works meshes somewhat with Theodore Adorno), or Bob Altemeyer works on political personality types. it doesn't matter much what the authoritarian power is - religion, nation, ethnicity, philosophy; each has their own ideas of the other to be negated.


    Posted by: Dreidl | Jun 11, 2013 2:27:37 PM


  9. Not a democracy, not a civilized country, and not a country anyway should vacation in or support in any way possible.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 11, 2013 2:32:01 PM


  10. 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

    I hate to ethnically stereotype but it's true. Many people are probably uninformed about accounts of Eastern Europe and Hungary during WWII. As evil as the Germans were, villagers were relieved when German troops came through. Because they were violent but honorable. Russian troops coming through meant every women and girl in the village would be raped.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 11, 2013 3:13:33 PM


  11. Russian boys are HOT! They'll f_ _k the cowboy sh_t out of you, then get up and walk away like it didn't happen.

    If you ever get the chance to host a Russian foreign exchange student, do it. It'll be well worth it!

    Posted by: SRH | Jun 11, 2013 3:56:12 PM


  12. @ gr8guyca & neonzx

    I found this short article at reason.com, which I believe offers a fairly succinct answer to the why Russia and Eastern bloc countries are so homophobic.

    http://reason.com/archives/2007/06/08/anti-gay-russia

    Posted by: Rexford | Jun 11, 2013 5:10:31 PM


  13. The DUMA is a symbolic institution as much as in the Soviet Union the Supreme Soviets. They have their supreme leader and that is final.
    No democracy has a 100 percent consensus, that is like saying that huge swath of the population (not only gays, free thinkers, etcetera) ha NO voice. That is a dictatorship disguised with an up to date clothing.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Jun 11, 2013 7:16:51 PM


  14. the imperialst arrogance here is astonishing the USA invades nations bombs weddings & kills babys as the internal USA behaves like Nero--what a hypocrisy-- your women run loose drunk on TV & even seek out who is a "baby ydaddy" on TV because they don't even know who is the father of the USA babys I have seen this fact--you people do not rule the world--youo have no rights to tell any nation how to behave in its internal life--what if Russia decided to send russian to Ny city to have parades against homosexuals & decadence of disgrace?? the late president Chavez of Venezuela warned many times the new colonialsts will try to come for the children & cultures of the free nations--this is proven by the propagaganda posts in this website--NIgeria Uganda GHana Ukraine Russia Jamaica dominica etc all resist the new colonialsts--no one can refute 1 fact in this post--as I am a well known international intellectual-even Humgary & Estonia 2 small nations now resist your new slavery of decadence--why don't you just stay in your own lands & corrupt your own children leave the children of the free nations alone

    Posted by: lejos del usa 6 | Jun 11, 2013 8:01:43 PM


  15. the imperialst arrogance here is astonishing the USA invades nations bombs weddings & kills babys as the internal USA behaves like Nero--what a hypocrisy-- your women run loose drunk on TV & even seek out who is a "baby ydaddy" on TV because they don't even know who is the father of the USA babys I have seen this fact--you people do not rule the world--youo have no rights to tell any nation how to behave in its internal life--what if Russia decided to send russian to Ny city to have parades against homosexuals & decadence of disgrace?? the late president Chavez of Venezuela warned many times the new colonialsts will try to come for the children & cultures of the free nations--this is proven by the propagaganda posts in this website--NIgeria Uganda GHana Ukraine Russia Jamaica dominica etc all resist the new colonialsts--no one can refute 1 fact in this post--as I am a well known international intellectual-even Humgary & Estonia 2 small nations now resist your new slavery of decadence--why don't you just stay in your own lands & corrupt your own children leave the children of the free nations alone

    Posted by: lejos del usa 6 | Jun 11, 2013 8:01:46 PM


  16. Congrats...what a darling couple!!!

    Posted by: Cynthia | Jun 11, 2013 8:26:41 PM


  17. This has all been created out of the new and very strong alignment - Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. The Leaders of the church have committed themselves in Russia and neighboring countries of like minded "orthodoxy' to lead their X'tian crusade against the LGBT Citizens. Their Army, the usual variety of Thugs, ignorant, mean bully types who enjoy hurting others - drawn to mob mentality warlike actions. This is all being done very purposefully - with the Church driving the efforts. It is disgusting.

    Posted by: RexT | Jun 12, 2013 6:11:13 PM


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