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State Duma of Russian Parliament passed Anti-Gay Bill

Jun 12, 2013 16:47 IST

Parliament of RussiaThe Lower House of the Parliament of Russia (State Duma) on 11 June 2013 approved a bill that stigmatized gay people and banned providing children any information about homosexuality in the country.

The State Duma passed the Kremlin-backed Law in a 436-0 Vote, with one absentee. The Bill that bans the Propaganda of Nontraditional Sexual Relations now needs to be passed by the Upper House of Russia and signed into Law by Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. The Bill came up as a part of the effort that is directed towards promotion of the traditional Russian Values as a replacement of the western liberalism. The Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church looks on the western liberalism as if it is corrupting the countries youth.

Ilya Ponomaryov is the only Member of Parliament to skip the voting as she supported the anti-Putin protesters despite she belongs to the pro-Kremlin Party.

A kissing rally was attempted by the rights activist outside the State Duma across the street near Red Square of Central Moscow. If the legislation is passed and becomes a law, hefty fines will be imposed on providing information related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to minors. The law breakers will be fined up to 5000 Rubles (about 156 US dollar) if an individual is involved in case of a company (including media organisation) the fine imposed is 1 million Rubles (31000 US dollar). The foreign citizens who will be arrested under the Law will be jailed for up to 15 days and then deported or can be directly deported.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993. The law that punished homosexuality with up to five years in Prison was removed from the penal code of Russia after the Stalinist era. It was done as part of the democratic reforms after Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

Russia is also looking forward to ban citizens of the countries that have allowed same-sex marriage from adopting children from Russia.

Feelings in Russia over Homosexuality

The religious and political elite are against homosexuality and the lawmakers of the country accuse gays for the low birth rates in Russia. These lawmakers demand that the gays should be barred from Government Jobs and should be exiled or forced for medical treatment.

The State Duma on 11 June also passed a Bill that made offenders of religious feelings punishable by up to three years in Prison and considered the offence as a crime. The legislation for the bill was passed by 308-2. This bill was introduced in State Duma in 2012 after three members from Pussy Riot Punk group were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred inside Moscow's main cathedral for an unprepared anti-Putin protest, these were given two-year sentences.

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