Various legislative bodies in Russia have either passed, or are considering, legislation outlawing “gay propaganda”. This legislation reflects widespread hostility towards gays in Russia:
St. Petersburg’s parliament was the latest to enact such a law, which imposes fines of up to $17,000 for spreading “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality or transgenderism among minors,” and the national parliament in recent weeks has taken up similar legislation. In a country where a 2010 poll by the respected Levada Center found that 74 percent of Russians deemed gays and lesbians “morally dissolute or deficient,” advocates for gay rights worry that the laws could rapidly become more common.
I would be most interested to learn how people who preen about their hatred of bigotry, but simultaneously laud the Putinist state and the tolerance of Russians, and defend the Holy Church against the blasphemies of Pussy Riot, explain this wave of anti-gay legislation.
I would also be interested in hearing non-tendentious explanations of this phenomenon.