Russia poised to pass sweeping anti-gay law

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Russia’s lower house of Parliament, the Duma, has overwhelmingly backed a bill that would ban “homosexual propaganda.”Approved by a vote of 388-1-1, the law — pushed by the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church — would make public events and sharing “propaganda” about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with minors punishable by fines of up to $16,000.The legislative definition of propaganda is exceedingly broad, and could mean anything from television shows with gay characters to two women kissing on a street corner. Also on the list? Madonna and Lady GaGa. As reported by Reuters:Anti-gay propaganda laws are already in place in Arkhangelsk, Novosibirsk and St Petersburg, Putin’s home city, where it was used unsuccessfully to sue American singer Madonna for $10 million for promoting gay love during a concert last year. Although a court rejected that case, a local politician from Putin’s ruling Untied Russia party has said he is taking similar action against another singer, Lady Gaga, who is also a defender of lesbian and gay rights.Continue Reading…

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