The Russian oblast of Arkhangelsk has just made the “public promotion of homosexuality” completely illegal. That means no Pride parades in the snowy hinterlands of Mother Russia. The reason? To protect “the health and morals” of children. The supporters? The church (as if you had to ask). The solution? Pro-gay activists and lawyers have pledged to fight the new law. But we should expect a long hard climb in the country that allows videotaped gay bashings to go un-prosecuted and refuses to protect LGBT marches in its own capital.