Russia’s lower house of Parliament passed a bill on Tuesday that ups anti-gay discrimination further by banning gay pride and “propaganda.” The measure passed with a whopping 436-0.
The law is just one piece in a widespread Russian movement against homosexuality. This bill will impose fines ranging from around $150 to more than $30,000 for giving information about homosexuality to minors or holding gay pride rallies.
The bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” still needs to be passed by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, but neither step is in doubt.
The measure is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values instead of Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin’s rule.
If I hear about promoting “traditional values” one more time…