Yesterday Russia passed a Vladmir Putin supported bill, making it illegal to tell children gay people exist.
The bill also makes it illegal to tell children homosexuality is equal to heterosexuality, and punishes those who violate the law with fines, jail time, and deportation. The Independent UK reported:
In recent weeks there have been two killings in which homophobia appears to have played at least a part, and the loose language of the law suggests that even services such as counselling for gay teenagers, or safe-sex advice, could theoretically be deemed illegal.
If the Duma passes the law in its key second reading, it could come into force by the end of the month.
A number of regions have already adopted a similar law, and now MPs from President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party want to implement a nationwide ban on “gay propaganda”.
The law defines the rather nebulous concept as “spreading information aimed at forming non- traditional sexual behaviour among children, suggesting this behaviour is attractive, and making a false statement about the socially equal nature of traditional and non-traditional relationships”.
Gay activists gathered outside the parliament ahead of the vote and kissed in public. However they were outnumbered by several hundred supporters of the bill, and 20 people were detained after small fights broke out between the protesters.
One of the bill’s authors, Yelena Mizulina stated:
“Traditional sexual relations are relations between a man and a woman. These relations need special protection from the government.”
The bill still needs approval by the appointed upper house, and must be signed into law by President Vladmir Putin before being enacted and there are no doubts that it will fully pass.