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Russian Duma gives LGBTQ ‘propaganda’ bill green signal

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The new bill increases a ban on what authorities call “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, established by legislation dubbed the “gay propaganda” law.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 25, 2022 04:17 IST

The bill was approved in the third and final reading by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.

By India Today Web Desk: Russian lawmakers on Thursday gave a green signal to a bill that considerably amplifies restrictions on activities seen as promoting gay rights in the country, reported the Associated Press.

The bill was approved in the third and final reading by the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. It will go next to the upper house, the Federation Council, and then to President Vladimir Putin, whose signature will give it legal force.

The new bill increases a ban on what authorities call “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, established by legislation dubbed the “gay propaganda” law. It was adopted by Russia in 2013 in an effort to promote “traditional values” in Russia.

The Russian lawmakers in 2022 moved to ban spreading such information to people aged 18 and older.

The new bill outlaws all advertising, media and online resources books, films and theater productions deemed to contain such “propaganda,” a concept loosely defined in the bill. The 2013 ban was often enacted against any depictions of same-sex unions and used as a tool to crack down on LGBTQ rights groups and activists.

(With inputs from AP)

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