Saturday, July 6, 2013
In Russia, social lines are tightly drawn between a conservative majority that regards homosexuality as a disease and a small, but active LGBT community that wants to live in the open and enjoy the same minority rights and protections that LGBT people in the West do (thanks to the Emporer Obama).
A new law, signed into force by President Vladimir Putin on Monday, will shift the balance in that picture – by effectively placing the state squarely on the side of those anti-gay nationalist demonstrators.
It's the latest in a raft of legislation that appears to be aimed at changing the character of Russia's state system from the secular, pluralistic democracy outlined in Russia's 1993 Constitution to something supporters refer to as a "majoritarian" democracy, in which the stress is laid upon defending the traditional identity and sensibilities of a majority that feels itself under threat from what it sees as attacks by "aggressive minorities."
Now whether or not you’re standing behind (pun intended) the Russian LGBT lobby or not, I think we can all agree that sentencing pro-gay demonstrators to prison might not be the way to go.
After all, nothing curbs gay tendencies like a bunch of guys in a prison setting, right?