Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Russian Morality Bill Meets With Disbelief and Threats

Edit: This English language Russian news source bemoans the upcoming passing of this legislation and threatens tourism to St. Petersburg.  Actually, it sounds like a great place to spend the Spring, visiting the famous Hermitage Museum and Imperial Palace.

Perhaps the UN will invoke sanctions for these just laws prescribing vice and protecting Russia's youth as they tried to do when  Lithuania passed a similar law?

[St. Petersberg Times] An anti-gay bill looked likely to pass during its third reading in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, after Friday’s hearing at the Legislative Assembly degraded into a farce, gay rights activists say. But the passing of the bill, which will outlaw “the promotion of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism” might have surprise negative effects for the authorities, they warn.

According to a press release issued by LGBT rights organization Coming Out, United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov, the author of the bill, brought a group of aggressive supporters to the hearing, who insulted and threatened gay rights activists and the experts they had brought with them.

Milonov himself sat next to a man who was wearing a T-shirt reading “Orthodoxy or Death,” while the crowd chanted “You are not people,” Coming Out said, describing the hearing as a “triumph of militant ignorance.”
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