Russia's parliament has unanimously passed a federal law banning gay "propaganda" amid a Kremlin push to enshrine deeply conservative values that critics say has already led to a sharp increase in anti-gay violence. The law passed on Tuesday, with just one deputy abstaining from voting on the bill, which bans the spreading of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors. The law in effect makes it illegal to equate straight and gay relationships, as well as the distribution of material on gay rights. It introduces fines for individuals and media groups found guilty of breaking the law, as well as special fines for foreigners. Minutes after passing the anti-gay legislation, the Duma also approved a new law allowing jail sentences of up to three years for "offending religious feelings", an initiative launched in the wake of the trial against the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot.
Because if the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what , , and year-old kids need more than anything else in the world. None of it matters: Neither common sense, nor an abundance of victim testimony, peer-reviewed studies, nor their own loathsome admissions and actions. Homosexual predators are targeting our boys. So here we go again. This time authorities bagged a big fish a rainbow trout?
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The possible forms of human sexual expression based on voluntary choice are very much greater than those sanctioned by any contemporary society. In particular, our own Western culture has tended to restrict human sexuality even more than most other cultures although, naturally, there have been variations among national and regional subgroups. One major form of sexual sensibility and activity that has especially suffered from this restrictive attitude has been homosexuality. This polarization as well as the extraordinary antagonism to gay love, are in large part traceable to the general antisexual bias of early Christianity. But the opposition of the Church to conduct which had been an accepted part of the way of life of many peoples in the Mediterranean area and elsewhere, would probably have meant little, except for one circumstance.