Russia may have decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but anti-gay supporters in the Kremlin are hoping to strengthen their stand against homosexuality when the Russian Parliament considers a new law banning “gay propaganda” later this month.
The law would fine anyone supporting gay rights at public events or disseminating information regarding the LGBT community when or where minors are present up to $16,000 per each infraction.
On Jan. 22 in front of Moscow’s parliament building, a dozen male gay-rights supporters protested the proposed law by kissing one another.
Before too long, the gay-rights protest was interrupted by supporters of the anti-gay movement who assaulted the LGBT protesters, tore down their posters, and began shouting obscenities at the small group of men according to ABC News.
Pavel Samburov was one of the gay activists at the protest who was found guilty of kissing his boyfriend and then charged with “hooliganism." Samburov was fined the Russian equivalent of $16 and sentenced to 30 hours detention.
If the law banning gay propaganda in Russia is approved, that same LGBT kiss could cost a Russian citizen $16,000.
Those in Russia supporting the proposed law which would ban gay propaganda steadfastly believe that it will help alleviate Russia’s falling birth rate.
The vote on that proposed gay propaganda law will be reaching the Russian Parliament later this month.
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