Russian LGBT Propaganda Law: State Duma Passes Amendments


The lower house of Russia’s parliament passed third reading amendments to a law called “LGBT Campaign” On Thursday, the responsibility extends to people of all ages.

The discriminatory law proposes to ban all Russians from promoting or “glorifying” same-sex relationships or publicly suggesting they are “normal”.

The original version of the law, adopted in 2013, banned the “propagation of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors. The new iteration of the law also applies to adults.

The bill imposes fines of up to 400,000 rubles ($6,600) on people who spread or attempt to spread so-called “LGBT propaganda.” Law firms can be fined up to 5 million rubles ($82,100). The bill allows foreigners to be detained for up to 15 days or deported.

It will now go to the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, before being signed into law by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that Russia’s “gay propaganda law” is discriminatory, promotes homosexuality and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.

The court found that the law “does not serve any public interest”, rejecting suggestions that public discussion of LGBT issues could turn children into homosexuality or that it threatens public morality.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia and discrimination are still widespread. It is ranked 46th out of 49 European countries for LGBTQ+ inclusion by the monitoring group ILGA-Europe.

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