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.
Applauding the recent legislation, the Russian Orthodox Church is calling for a similar nationwide ban. Dmitry Pershin, head of the Church’s youth council, says: “helping to protect children from information manipulation by minorities that promote sodomy.”
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 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.
Oddly enough, another institution has joined them in expressing disapproval: the US State Department. “Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights,” states the official website for the State Department, quoting Secretary Hillary Clinton.
“We have called on Russian officials to safeguard these freedoms, and to foster an environment which promotes respect for the rights of all citizens. We have also consulted with our EU partners on this issue. They share our concerns and are also engaging Russian officials on this. The United
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