LONDON (Reuters) – Russian lawmakers have proposed extending a ban on the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships to minors to embrace adults as effectively, a senior legislator mentioned on Monday.
Russia’s present “homosexual propaganda” law, handed in 2013, has been used to cease homosexual satisfaction marches and detain homosexual rights activists.
Authorities say they’re defending morality within the face of what they argue are un-Russian liberal values promoted by the West, however human rights activists say the law has been broadly utilized to intimidate Russia’s LGBT neighborhood.
Under the proposed adjustments, any occasion or act thought to be an try to promote homosexuality might incur a tremendous.
“We propose to usually lengthen the ban on such propaganda whatever the age of the viewers (offline, within the media, on the web, social networks and on-line cinemas),” the top of the State Duma’s data committee, Alexander Khinshtein, mentioned on his Telegram social media channel.
Parliamentary Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin mentioned final week that since Russia had give up the Council of Europe human rights watchdog after sending troops into Ukraine, it might now find a way to ban the promotion of “non-traditional values”.
“Demands to legalise same-sex marriages in Russia are a factor of the previous,” he mentioned. “Attempts to impose alien values on our society have failed.”
Homosexuality was a felony offence in Russia till 1993 and classed as a psychological sickness till 1999.
President Vladimir Putin has aligned himself intently with the Orthodox Church – which rejects same-sex relationships – and has made its social conservatism a part of a story of Russian political and cultural revival that’s now additionally getting used to assist justify the invasion of Ukraine.
A brand new structure enacted in 2020 that prolonged presidential time period limits additionally defines marriage completely because the union of a person and a lady.
In a rating of Europe’s most LGBT-friendly nations on this 12 months’s “Rainbow Europe” index compiled by ILGA-Europe, Russia got here third to final.
(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Nick Macfie)