A bill introduced in Russia’s lower house will impose a five year prison sentence for anyone convicted of homosexuality.
Gay sex was illegal under the Soviets but was decriminalized in 1993 when Communism fell.
The legislation, introduced Monday by Deputy Nikolay Kuryanovich would bring back the old law, and make it a crime for gays to congregate – a provision that would bar gay pride parades or meetings.
How far Kuryanovich’s bill will advance is unknown. As an Independent he does not have a party backing him but the measure has widespread support from former Communists and parties allied to the Russian Orthodox Church.(source)
I find it interesting that both the communists and the Church agree on this issue. The Russian Orthodox Church was all but banned under communist rule in the Soviet Union, where the state was officially atheist. Yet they both agree on this issue. And how will the creationists react, since they argue that both communism and the acceptance of homosexuality are consequences of “Darwinism”, yet the former communist states around the world almost all banned homosexuality during their reign.