Russian president Vladimir Putin has awarded a state honor to one of the country’s most virulently anti-LGBT lawmakers.
According to The Guardian, St. Petersburg politician Vitaly Milonov was awarded the “For Service to the Fatherland” medal for his “active lawmaking efforts and many years of honest work.”
Among the list of Milonov’s “honest work” that Putin was presumably proud of:
- Authoring St. Petersburg’s anti-gay “propaganda” ban that was later used as a model for the country’s nationwide ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”
- Calling for a boycott of the “sodom show” Eurovision because of contestants like last year’s winner Conchita Wurst.
- Calling for a ban on all incoming mail carrying Tom of Finland stamps
- Calling for a lifetime ban on openly gay Apple CEO Tim Cook.
- Pushing for treason charges against St. Petersburg clerks who married a transgender couple.
- Introducing a bill to ban shirtless men in public.
- Calling for a ban on Game of Thrones because it’s too sexy.
- Calling for a ban on Facebook because of rainbow profile photos.
- Calling for a ban on Nike’s #BeTrue merchandise.