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Russian Parliamentarian Argues Against Country's Anti-Gay Laws: VIDEO

Russian Duma

Renowned opera singer and parliamentarian for Putin's United Russia party Maria Maksakova met with the liberal wing of her party to discuss the existing anti-gay propaganda laws and argue for a repeal. Her first argument that the use of "non-traditional" in the law's wording was unnecessary as "traditional" relations such as heterosexual pornography are also harmful to minors.

Maria MaksakovaI’m not against our family values, but couldn’t we take ‘non-traditional’ out of this law through amendments? And expand the law, so that any harmful propaganda of a sexual character to minors became inadmissible.

This would at least put heterosexual and homosexual citizens, theoretically, on the same level. Maksakova also brought to the party's attention that the law is having substantial negative impact on Russia's investment climate, noting in particular that Russian artists are having a harder and harder time finding work abroad, such as conductor Valeriy Gergiev being faced with questions and protests as he tours. 

Lastly, Maksakova also brought to light the substantial increase in hate crimes that have occurred as a result of the law, citing the murder of a 23-year-old man in Volgograd in particular.

You can see a video of Maksakova's speech AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Then why did she vote FOR the law just a few months ago?

    Maybe it's only about the personal inconvenience of the protests she encounters abroad, rather than any real moral convictions?

    Posted by: KevinVt | Dec 27, 2013 1:38:44 PM

  2. Her protests, while welcome, look somewhat planned to offset negative publicity in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics. Talk is cheap- action to repeal the law is what's needed.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 27, 2013 2:00:50 PM

  3. But didn't she vote for the law? She's been in the State Duma since 2011 and the law was passed this year unanimously - and no one abstained.

    I smell another ploy like the release of Pussy Riot.

    Posted by: ChiChiMan | Dec 27, 2013 2:03:03 PM

  4. I wouldn't hold my breath expecting that anything will change. Russia is at its Stalinist heart a nation of thugs and thuggery. It revels in its atrocities.

    Posted by: Keppler | Dec 27, 2013 2:09:43 PM

  5. I guess that Russian legal tradition must be different from the West. If you read Ohio Judge Black's legal opinion:
    "the fact that a form of discrimination has been 'traditional' is a reason to be more skeptical of its rationality."
    It is the reason why court after court reached essentially the same conclusion.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 27, 2013 2:50:41 PM

  6. She condemns the anti-gay laws of Russia with faint praise. Her refutations ring hollow. She doesn't "get" it. Let's pass on her "protest" which is no protest at all.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 27, 2013 2:51:55 PM

  7. "Automatic English captions can be enabled by clicking on the CC icon to turn on captions, and then selecting English as a translation option."

    Honestly, do not bother. I tried it, and confirmed that (a) automatic captions are as bad as ever, and (b) Russian to English translation is still in its infancy.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 27, 2013 2:56:49 PM

  8. Whatever she's guilty of in the past, her proposal is a step in the right direction. If she's genuine and if she can get it passed and if it sticks, that is.

    Kinda sad when your government is full of a bunch of round-faced pig rapists that have to look to a Chanteuse to pave the way for good governance.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 27, 2013 3:05:22 PM

  9. This is really too little too late.
    Her sheepish apologia bows to the Orthodox values which allow and encourage and prolong discrimination.
    Someone tell her that we are 'families' also.....
    Her stupid remarks are is only outrage around the world at this Fascist Putin Junta that will force change.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 27, 2013 4:47:06 PM

  10. If the law is repealed it will happen unanimously. Whatever Putin wants, his rubber stamp Duma gives him. It's Stalinism part II.

    Posted by: Merv | Dec 27, 2013 8:31:59 PM

  11. Actually her suggestion will make the law even vaguer. "Non-traditional relation" in a Russian Court may mean the same thing as "gross indecency" in the now obsolete British law. It may mean even more. The court could include anything other than a husband and wife relation. It is possible that adultery is punishable by the law.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 28, 2013 12:05:04 AM

  12. I think that however weak, this is an important thing. She's speaking out in the face of overwhelming cultural opposition at considerable risk, and is trying to dance a line that raises some level of awareness while not losing her own position socially or economically. How many people are in that room that will not even do that?

    Sometimes I think the black or white interpretation of such moves misses the mark. It will take many voices to whisper before a critical mass is ready to shout in opposition. They need to be encouraged and, ye, guided.

    Posted by: JoelD | Dec 29, 2013 2:27:58 PM

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