Let's start this off with a nice little quote from Vladimir Putin I ran across on Clarissa's Blog (Clarissa adds some helpful notes::
Here is today’s speech of Russia’s President Putin on the subject of gay marriage (translation is mine):
There is no discrimination against homosexuals in Russia. These. . . khm, khm. . . people [with a facial expression showing deep disgust] have jobs, they get raises at work, and even statewide prizes, if they deserve them. However, there will be no gay marriage in our country because such marriages do not produce children*. Here in Russia and in Europe, we are suffering from a demographic crisis. We want people to reproduce. And the people we want to reproduce are not immigrants. We want the “title nation” to reproduce**. . . The only countries that allow propaganda of homosexuality*** are the same countries that allow propaganda of pedophilia. We cannot allow this in Russia because if we legalize propaganda of pedophilia, there are regions that will organize an armed uprising.
This speech on Russian TV is followed by a long investigative report on Holland’s pedophiles.
* Putin’s marriage hasn’t produced any children in over 30 years and is not likely to do so in the future.
** The “title nation” means ethnic Russians. The ones who are blond and blue-eyed.
*** The expression “propaganda of homosexuality” in Russian means allowing gay teachers to work and gay people to appear on TV in any capacity. It also refers to the Gay Pride parade.
Mr. Putin's party meanwhile has passed a law through parliament which puts a ban on "homosexual propaganda" (I'm wondering is that referring to homosexuals propagandizing that famous "gay agenda" we hear so much about hear in the US of A). The draft bill, which still needs a second reading and to be signed by Putin to become law, would see offenders handed a fine of 500,000 roubles (over 12,000 euros).
"We live in Russia, not Sodom and Gomorrah," United Russia deputy Dmitry Sablin said before the 388-1 vote in the 450-seat chamber. "Russia is a thousands-years-old country founded on its own traditional values - the protection of which is dearer to me than even oil and gas."
I see then. Dmitry you should check out this little Church family in Topeka. I think you would like them.
Maybe, the national law is not yet in effect, but as Der Spiegel tells us over a year ago,
...police in St. Petersburg, Russia, have made arrests on the strength of a new law banning the dissemination of information on homo-, bi- and transsexuality. Two men were arrested in the city center on Thursday after holding up a sign reading "Homosexuality Is Normal," according to the newswire Interfax.
Russia's second-largest city passed the controversial law on Feb. 29. The two men now face a possible maximum fine of 500,000 rubles (€12,800/$17,000). The maximum penalty is more than the average annual income in Russia.Several other Russian cities also have such laws.
The law bans films, music videos, books and newspapers that contain homosexual content as well as the rainbow flag, which is a common symbol of gay pride. And the ban may soon no longer be limited to just St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia. At the end of March, Vladimir Putin's United Russia party introduced a bill in the country's parliament, the Duma, which would impose the ban at the national level.
At the Chronicle of Higher Education web site, Laurie Essig who has written on what it is like to be gay in Russia says,
...the Russia of Vladimir Putin is an equally grim place to be queer.
She explains that under the legislation, in Russia,
If we explain to our children that our family is no worse than other families, then we are breaking the law.
Euronews correspondent, James Franey said:
“The ban on so-called homosexual propaganda is just one step in what gay rights activists have called a state-sponsored witch hunt. Just last year, a Moscow court slapped a 100-year ban on the city’s Gay Pride march.
Anyway, Mr. Putin showed up in Amsterdam yesterday to meet with the President of the Netherlands. You can imagine how his visit is going down there. Thousands of protesters greeted him with rainbow flags, song, noise, dance, and anger. A nice touch came around 8Pm when a boat entered the water at the Maritime Museum with:
...two male inflatable dolls kiss(ing) each other. On the forecastle demonstrators had a life-sized statue of a scantily clad Putin put a rainbow flag.At Amsterdam City Hall the mayor raised a rainbow flag in protest.
And so went Vladimir's trip to the Netherlands.
The following rap up is from Raw Story.