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St. Petersburg Bans ‘Promoting Homosexuality’

The Anti-gay bill that bans the ‘Promotion of Homosexuality’ was adopted by the Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg Times reports:

Despite international outcry from quarters ranging from Amnesty International to British author Stephen Fry, a controversial anti-gay bill was passed during a third and final reading at St. Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine deputies voted for the bill, five voted against and one abstained. The bill now needs to be signed by Governor Georgy Poltavchenko to become law.

The bill’s passing was not unexpected, after gay rights activists reported that a hearing at the Legislative Assembly on Friday degraded into a farce. But the passing of the bill, which will outlaw “the promotion of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism” might have surprise negative effects for the authorities, they warn.

According to a press release issued by LGBT rights organization Coming Out, United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov, the author of the bill, brought a group of aggressive supporters to Friday’s hearing, who insulted and threatened gay rights activists and the experts they had brought with them.

Milonov himself sat next to a man who was wearing a T-shirt reading “Orthodoxy or Death,” while the crowd chanted “You are not people,” Coming Out said, describing the hearing as a “triumph of militant ignorance.”

Read the full article via THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

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