Russia to ban 'telling kids that gay people exist'
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June 13th, 2013, 03:09 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
Russia is an extremely homophobic country in which a very large percentage of people polled support either the automatic detention of gay people, conversion treatments for gay people, or death. It is a country that is now controlled by the orthodox church, and where a law has been passed to criminalize criticism of the church. Why anyone is even remotely surprised by the passage of this law that bans gay rights advocacy is a wonder to me. Russian society is not a tolerant society. It is an extremely xenophobic and paranoid one. Laws are even being considered to prohibit any citizen who is gay of a foreign country to adopt a child in Russia. I would not be surprised if it goes as far as re-criminalizing homosexual acts next. I challenge anyone to refute any of these points.
Results from the recent Levada Public Opinion Center poll:
23 percent of those polled said they understood the concerns held by Russia's sexual minorities, and believed that they should be left to themselves, minimizing societal intervention in private lives.
27 percent said that the society must provide 'psychological aid' to gay people.
16 percent of those polled suggested that homosexuals should be isolated from society.
22 percent said that the treatment of homosexuality must be made compulsory.
5 percent said that homosexuals should be 'exterminated.'
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