29 March 2012, 13:50
Anti-gay bill submitted to Russian parliament
Moscow, March 29, Interfax - A bill imposing administrative punishment for propaganda of homosexuality among minors has been submitted to the State Duma.
The Novosibirsk regional Legislative Assembly has proposed amending the Code of Administrative Offences so that an ordinary individual guilty of propaganda of homosexuality among minors should face a fine varying from 4,000 to 5,000 rubles. An official guilty of the same offence would be fined 40,000 to 50,000 rubles and a legal entity from 400,000 to 500,000 rubles.
The authors of the bill insist that their proposal cannot be viewed as one violating constitutional rights of individuals.
The bill authorizes Interior Ministry officials to compile administrative offence reports for public activities aimed at propagating homosexuality among minors, and judges would be authorized to consider such administrative offences.
"Propaganda of homosexuality has gained momentum in contemporary Russia," and this propaganda is being spread both through the media and through "active organization of public actions propagating homosexuality as a norm," says an explanatory note to the bill.
The Novosibirsk lawmakers believe such information is especially dangerous to children and teenagers, as they are unable to seriously assess it.
"This is why the younger generation should be primarily protected against homosexuality propaganda, and this bill is intended for this very purpose," the note says.