St. Petersburg Russia law questions if gay rights are human rights?
DALLAS, March 18, 2012 — St. Petersburg, Russia has adopted a new policy designed to protect young people from exposure to propaganda by homosexual rights groups. The policy has created controversy amongst gay rights group.
On March 7, 2012, Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko signed into a law a bill that will fine individuals up to $170 and companies up to $17,000 for violating a ban on "public actions aimed at propagandizing sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors.”
The St Petersburg law also includes amendments introducing stricter punishments for pedophilia.
|Photo: A Russian police officer detains a man dressed in a bridal gown during a gay rights protest in Moscow. Credit: AP Images|
Responding to homosexualist activist Nikolay Alexeyev’s intention to organize protest rallies near children’s establishments, Pershin says “the persistence of sexual minorities and their intention to rally near children’s establishments indicate that this regional law is highly needed and should be urgently given federal status.”
Gay rights groups are unhappy and clamoring for redress against the government in St. Petersburg. In 2011 the LGBT activist organization All Out was able to pressure financial services website Paypal to shut down anti-LGBT agenda and Christian blogger Julio Severo’s account, suspending access to funds.
Now the group is crying foul and calling the law a “gag rule” that “muzzles artists, writers, musicians, citizens and visitors,” and they are the, “We Won’t Go There,” threatening to boycott travel to the Russian city.
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Portuguese version of this article: Lei russa de São Petersburgo questiona se direitos gays são direitos humanos?
US gay group behind the shutdown of Julio Severo PayPal account wants to defeat Russian law banning homosexual propaganda