‘Gay Propaganda’ Bill Reaches Russian Parliament

A controversial anti-gay bill that bans the promotion of “homosexual propaganda” was introduced into Russia’s lower house of Parliament today, less than two weeks after similar legislation was signed into law in St. Petersburg, Russia by Governor Georgy Poltavchenko. The bill, which “calls for fines of up to 500,000 rubles ($16,500) for promoting a gay lifestyle in the media and through public activities that promote homosexuality as normal behavior,” was submitted to the State Duma by Novosibirsk regional lawmakers. Similar laws have already been enacted in the Ryazan, Arkhangelsk, and Kostroma regions. — Fatima Najiy