US Conservative Religious Groups Declare Support For Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

Conservative religious advocacy groups argue the law against “homosexual propaganda” promotes the rights of the traditional family.
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    Russia’s gay propaganda ban has drawn protest from around the world, including the rally in this photo against Russia's banning of Moscow Gay Pride in July 2011, outside the Russian Embassy in London, but a significant number of religious conservative groups  across the globe support the ban. (Photo/Peter Gray via Flickr)

    Russia’s gay propaganda ban has drawn protest from around the world, including the rally in this photo against Russia’s banning of Moscow Gay Pride in July 2011, outside the Russian Embassy in London, but a significant number of religious conservative groups across the globe support the ban. (Photo/Peter Gray via Flickr)

    U.S. religious conservative groups are creating an unlikely alliance with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, publicly declaring support for Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda,” which outlaws promotion of same-sex relationships.

    The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, along with the World Congress of Families, the Population Research Institute, the His Servants ministry, Mission:America and Grasstops USA have all signed a declaration of support for the Russian law.

    The U.S. conservative groups argue that Russia’s law protects “natural” families and values and the “innocence of children.” The Russian law, passed in August, states that “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors” is prohibited, meaning any pro-LGBTQ rights messages are restricted if they’re able to be viewed by minors.

    The declaration of support signed by the U.S. groups references Article 16, Section 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,, a United Nations document adopted in 1948, stating, “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” It follows Article 16, Section 1, which states, “Men and women of full age, without any limitation to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.”

    The declaration of support states that Russia “is protecting genuine and universally recognized human rights against artificial and fabricated ‘values’ aggressively imposed in many modern societies.”

    Russians who oppose the law point not only to the attack on the LGBTQ community it represents but also to the perpetuation of societal discrimination and harassment it promotes.

    Maria Kozlovskaya, a Russian lawyer for LGBT Network, told the BBC the new law is fueling anti-gay sentiment in the nation, leading to attacks on those of homosexual orientation. Kozlovskaya said she’s noticed a difference in her country over the last few years — holding hands with her own same-sex partner used to not be a problem. Now, she worries it will lead to a violent attack.

    As reported by the BBC, “ultranationalists” advocating for “traditional sexuality” are adding fire to the controversial law, posting videos on YouTube of men they call “pedophiles” — but who are likely gay — being physically assaulted. In one video, a young gay man is forced to drink urine; in another, a man has his head slammed into a toilet bowl.

    While such violence doesn’t represent the views of all those who support Russia’s new law, critics of the law contend these extreme actions are being fuelled by the anti-gay law.

    “Our priority is uncovering cases of pedophilia, but we are also against the promotion of homosexuality,” Ekaterina Zigunova, member of an ultra-nationalist Russian vigilante group, told the BBC. “If, along the way, we encounter people of nontraditional sexual orientation, we can kill two birds with one stone.”

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      • Kristinfan413years

        send the Republicans to Russia!

      • Kristinfan413years

        send the Republicans to Russia!

      • Chris

        Why doesn’t Russia make it easier for its gay citizens to leave as Canada is offering them asylum?

      • Virgina Macy

        It is a false statement that being homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual means you are
        a pedophile, The majority of pedophiles are avowed heterosexuals and
        lesbians are the group least likely to be a pedophile just after straight
        women.
        Pedophilia, like all rape/sexual crimes, is about control and violence while homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, and heterosexuality are about attraction, affection, and love. One shouldn’t confuse sexual orientation with sexual abuse.

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      • Maxim Višnevski

        Well, to open eyes of all who is blinded by fake tolerance, I must write following facts. Ultranationalists indeed started the extreme actions against pedofiles but they did it way before the law was written! If most of them pedofiles ar of homosexual orientation does not change the multiple facts that they indeed are pedophiles an should be treated accordingly.

        • Optilux

          You make me sick!

          It is PROVEN that the vast majority of pedophiles are heterosexual!
          Mixing sexual orientation with pedophilia is retarded. Educate yourself you idiot.

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