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Russian politician says being gay is a ‘bad habit’ that can be treated with prayer

September 25, 2012

Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has referred to homosexuality as a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer.

RT reports during an interview on Russia’s Ekho Moskvy radio show, Mr Milonov, who is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said:

“God can send many temptations upon us. But the thing is, this illness is easily treated by fasting and praying.

“I do not know of a single case within the Russian Orthodox Church that a man would not be cured by his sincere repentance in this sin.

He added: “People get rid of it, just like they get rid of kleptomania or, for instance, fornicators.”

St Petersburg’s governor signed into law a bill making it an offence to “promote” LGBT issues in March of this year.

Those who break the law can be fined in excess of 50,000 roubles (£1,070).

Earlier this summer, a group of anti-gay Russian activists announced plans to sue Madonna for $10 million (£ 6.15 million) after they accused the pop star of insulting their feelings when she spoke out in favour of LGBT equality during a concert in the city on August 9.

Hours before her performance, Madonna announced on Facebook that she would be handing out pink wristbands in a sign of support for St Petersburg’s LGBT community.

Mr Milonov also said in March that he would support attempts to prosecute the singer if she went ahead with her demonstration.

More: anti-gay laws, censorship, Ekho Moskvy, Europe, Madonna, RT, Russia, Russia, russian orthodox church, St Petersburg, Vitaly Milonov, Vladimir Putin

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