Ukraine Advance Anti-Gay ‘Propaganda’ Legislation

The Ukraine Parliament has voted to approve legislation that would ban “propaganda” about homosexuality, similar to a bill passed in St. Petersburg, Russia earlier this year. The bill does not specify what constitutes “propaganda,” but it could very well be any visible support or recognition of people who are gay or gay culture, as well as any actual gay visibility, such as a couple holding hands. The country’s National Commission for the Protection of Morality recently banned SpongeBob SquarePants out of belief that the titular character is gay, and violent counter-protests obstructed a Pride celebration in May. European Union members decried the proposed legislation, and lawmakers had supposedly shelved it in July. It will receive a second vote in two weeks.