26 June 2013, 15:53

Russian Fed Council approves law on administrative responsibility for promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors

совет федерации силуанов заседание
Russian Federaton Council
Russian Federaton Council

Russia's upper house of parliament passed a controversial bill banning the distribution of so-called "gay propaganda" to minors, which critics have said will be used to justify homophobic actions and arbitrary prosecution of gays. The law stipulates fines of up to a million roubles for the propaganda through mass media, internet and advertising.

Lawmakers in the Federation Council, the last stop before a bill is signed into law by the president, approved the measure 137 in favour to one abstention.

Earlier in the day they also approved a bill banning adoption of Russian orphans by gay couples abroad or even unmarried individuals in countries where such unions are legal.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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