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Russia’s highest court rules gay ‘propaganda’ law does not breach constitution

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  1. Of course it did! Even if the constitution said directly that no one may be discriminated against based on sexuality Mr Putin would ensure the meaning was twisted in his favour. The blindingly obvious repression in that country is really sad…

  2. Shame that the law makers and judges don’t realise that this banning of ‘gay propaganda’ is far more damaging for those who are trying to deal with their sexuality.

  3. …. and … your point is …?

  4. We’ll have better luck at the European Court of Human Rights.

  5. Surprised? NO

    1. I am actually surprised.

      Surprised that Russia even bothers to keep a Constitution any more! :o

  6. Tom Cotner 4 Dec 2013, 4:10pm

    Makes you wonder what they’re going to ban in the teaching of children. I suggest that truth and honesty may be next — or self esteem – things that don’t follow the rigid propaganda of Mr. Putin.

  7. it seems top russian judges are incapable of recognizing validity of law using legalistic arguments instead they resort to judging morality of the law in question

  8. The real propaganda is that people become gay and are not born gay…
    Surely that form of propaganda should also be punished if the law was fair!
    And everyone mentioning this so called immorality in a public place whether for or against should be punished in the same way. Sating with the members of the Duma who started this repulsive law

    The Russian government and its hacks are a real good role models for stupidity….

  9. The whole Russian leadership is now distorting words, meanings and reality. There is no scientific or medical basis to suggest that homosexuality can be promoted.

    The irrational singling out gay people to be seen as a threat to society is so nonsensical that it is hard to argue against rationally.
    There is no possibility of a rational dialogue with Russians who are intent on spreading anti-gay hatred and who have decided to turn gay people into scapegoats, the thing we need to discover and discuss is their real reason for doing this, what are they trying to cover up, who is benefiting at the expense of gay people in Russia?

  10. Its going from bad to worse.

    I used to think in the 1980s, the communist government was the problem and when that changed, Russia would be a better place….I was wrong. It is the Russian people who are the problem.

  11. Stephen Mead 5 Dec 2013, 12:02am

    Want to support the athletes who have trained so hard to compete in the Winter Olympics?
    Want to send a message of support to the LGBT people of Russia?
    Not happy with Vladimir Putin’s human rights abuses?

    Thank you!

  12. In some 10–15 years the case will be heard by the European Court of Human Rights. The judges will make a unanimous decision that the law severally breaches 5–10 Convension articles and fine Russia to cover some 595,35 € litigation expenses and 1000 € moral dammages plus taxes. And Alekseyev will have only 85–90 years to wait to hold the first legal pride march (

    The system rocks!

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