St. Petersburg Approves Law Against 'Gay Propaganda'

The Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg has approved in the final, third reading the bill ‘against the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia to minors’. We wrote about this here.

The author of the law made a passionate speech about declining moral values. Vitaly Milonov, an MP from the ruling United Russia, recalled the recent Rammstein concert when, he said, singers imitated a homosexual act. He promised to bring them to justice (how is he going to do this?). 'Let them do whatever they want and show any dirt at home but they cannot behave like that in St. Petersburg’, said the member of the local parliament.

The law forbids ‘public actions promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender among minors’ and ‘the dissemination of information that can harm health, moral or spiritual development of minors’ and ‘shape distorted understanding of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional marriages’.

The law sets forth the penalties for violation: 5,000 roubles ($170) for individuals and up to 500,000 roubles ($17,000) for organisations.

To come into force, the bill needs to be approved by the governor. We don't believe that Georgy Poltavchenko would sign this law. Still, the fact that it has come through the local parliament has damaged the city’s reputation for years to come.