Never a group to shy away from homophobia and the violence that accompanies it, a bunch of religious right leaders will descend upon the U.S. Capitol tomorrow to argue that the U.S. should look to Russia as the model for gay rights. The symposium, titled “Family Policy Lessons From Other Lands: What Should America Learn?”, sounds innocent enough (well, not really), but as HRC points out, the bios of the speakers tip it off as a Putin love-in. Three of the four panelists have traveled to Russia to fuel the homophobic fires there; the fourth just thinks Russia is “a dream.”
Exactly what the group expects to accomplish is unclear. But the truly disturbing part is that the session is being held in official Senate office space.
By the way, the group hosting the effect, the World Congress of Families, will be having an international meeting next year. No points for guessing it will be at the Kremlin.