A ban on gay propaganda put before the Russian State Duma has been postponed indefinitely
, as lawmakers sent the measure back to committee.
Bill 6.13.1 would impose fines of up to $16,500 € for ayone who promotes homosexuality to minors, a vague infraction that would have included Pride festivals and other public events. The measure was being pushed in the Duma by President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, which currently enjoys a majority.
Although debate on the bill was scheduled for today, Prime Minister Medvedev had said earlier that a ban wasn’t a priority.
It’s likely not a change of heart that sent the bill back to the drawing board, but rather pressure from the international community: Today, LGBT activists staged a same-sex kiss-in in Moscow, but were met by anti-gay thugs, who shouted obscenities and assaulted them.
A similar protest in Brussels went decidedly smoother: Michael Cashman, co-president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights, called it “a vivid reminder that the fight for others’ human rights is our own fight.”