St. Petersburg, Russia’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law passed the second of three readings today in a vote of 31 to 6, as activists protested the measure in front of the parliament and were later detained for seven hours.
During the debate, United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov accused the “liberal opposition” of seeking to destroy the country and disregarding the well-being of children. He claimed that liberalism has increased the city’s “tolerance for drug use, and, in his opinion, the same can not be allowed in respect of sexual perversion.” The measure would fine groups or individuals who promote homosexuality, pedophilia, or transgenderism to minors. The version approved today includes fines that are 10 times higher than when the bill was first brought before the city’s legislature in November. The text:
“Under the public actions aimed at promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender minors, in this article should be understood as a purposeful activity, and uncontrolled dissemination of public information, manner, able to harm the health, moral and spiritual development minors, including the form they have misconceptions about the social equivalence of traditional and nontraditional marriage. ” Under the promotion of pedophilia, the bill requires to understand “purposeful activity and uncontrolled dissemination of public information, manner, carried out in order to create a society of distorted notions of conformity to social norms of intimate relationships between adults and minors. “
The anti-gay legislation has been condemned by the international community and is in violation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention for Human Rights, the Council of Europe Recommendations and other decrees. Lawmakers in Moscow are said to be considering similar bans.