Monday, October 8, 2012

Russia's Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Gay Law

Russia's Supreme Court rejected a complaint from a human rights organization in St. Petersburg over the recently passed city law prohibiting "propaganda of homosexuality among minors." According to the activists, the law uses the terms "propaganda", "bisexuality", "transgender", "traditional and non-traditional marriage," all of which have no legal definitions. The controversial law passed in St. Petersburg gathered a large number of both supporters and opponents. It came into force on March 30. Now, any citizen who violates this law can be fined for an "administrative offence." According to the text of the law, "public actions aimed at propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender towards minors includes an administrative fine for citizens in the amount of 5000 rubles; for officials 50 thousand rubles; and for legal entities from 250 thousand to 500 thousand rubles." The activists argued that the law does not comply with current federal laws as "any public mention of homosexuality can be regarded as an administrative offence."

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