Russian Legislature Approves $100 Fine for Being ‘Openly Gay’
It’s not a good day to be gay in St. Petersburg. In fact, admitting you are gay at all just got a whole lot more expensive in the Russian city after lawmakers passed a bill that will impose fines upon LGBT citizens who “profess their sexuality.”
Think of it as a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Don’t Have to Pay.
The United Russia-dominated St. Petersburg legislature passed the bill in a first reading Tuesday with a vote of 37-1, with one abstention. The bill needs to pass two more readings, the dates for which have not been set.
“The rising popularity of sexual deviations influences our children in a negative way,” said the bill’s author, Vitaly Milonov, a United Russia deputy, Fontanka.ru reported.
Critics of the bill are already questioning its dubious legality, but why should that stop a law from being passed in a country that made male homosexuality a crime up until 1993.
We’re anxious to see how passage of this bill will affect Russia’s relationship with the UK, which has publicly announced a refusal to offer aid to developing countries that ban homosexuality, or even Russia’s standing in the United Nations, who recently chastised Iran for gay human rights violations.
(via Moscow Times)