Friday, April 27, 2012

Russian governments propose a variety of anti-gay measures

ABC News is reporting that "Russians" are "facing a tidal wave of proposed anti-gay laws", link here. They're not as draconian as those propose for Uganda, but St. Petersburg proposes a law prohibiting "homosexual propaganda around minors". It sounds a but like COPA in the US, which was struck down in 2007.

Apparently homosexual contact was decriminalized under Boris Yeltsin in 1993, but there is still a strong cultural bias against gays in much of Russia.

Russia is also facing a serious demographic crisis, with a failure to replace its population, leading to "conception days" being promoted by Putin.

A few years ago Poland was reported as having anti-gay policies because Muslim immigrant populations "take care of their own back home" compared to native European populations.  

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