Russian Duma gives LGBTQ ‘propaganda’ bill green signal


The new bill increases restrictions on what authorities call “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, established by legislation known as the “Homosexual Propaganda” Act.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,Updated: November 25, 2022 04:17 AM IST

The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, approved the bill in its third and final reading.

By India Today Web Desk: Russian lawmakers on Thursday green-lighted a bill that would substantially increase restrictions on activities seen as promoting gay rights in the country, the Associated Press reported.

The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, approved the bill in its third and final reading. It will go next to the upper house, the Federation Council, and then to President Vladimir Putin, whose signature will give it legal force.

The new bill increases restrictions on what authorities call “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, established by legislation known as the “Homosexual Propaganda” Act. It was adopted in 2013 in an effort to promote “traditional values” in Russia.

In 2022 Russian lawmakers moved to ban the dissemination of such information to people 18 and older.

The new bill deemed all advertisements, media and online resources books, films and theatrical productions to contain such “propaganda”, a concept loosely defined in the bill. The 2013 ban was often framed against any depiction of same-sex unions and used as a tool to crack down on LGBTQ rights groups and activists.

(with input from AP)



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