As Russia imposed harsh anti-LGBT laws, despite objections from the European Council, Russian MP Alexander Mikhailov proposed a new regional law: for LGBT individuals to be whipped by marines in public squares.
“In Russia for many centuries the ass was used for educational purposes and not for love entertainment. So we should use it according to its intended purpose,” said Mikhailov.
Describing homosexuality as a “common shame,” Mikhailov equated gay people with pedophiles.
While a doctor condemned the resolution of European countries to legalize marriage equality, Mikhailov commended the doctor, saying, “We have to deal with such things.”
Recently, Russia passed a plethora of anti-LGBT laws including the ban of pride parades and fining an individual for insulting another person’s religious beliefs.
Earlier this month, Russia’s State Duma unanimously passed a bill banning foreign LGBT couples from adopting Russian children by 443 to 0. President Putin stated he would approve such a bill to stop “homosexual propaganda.”
“If such a law is passed by the Parliament of the country, I will sign it,” said Putin during the European Union-Russia summit earlier this month. “I think our legislation is very liberal in this way, and there is no discrimination, none at all.”
According to a study by the Levada Center, 85 percent of Russians oppose marriage equality, 27 percent believed that homosexuals need treatment, and 5 percent said that gays should be “liquidated”.
Putin and the rest of Russia appears to see the approval of the anti-LGBT legislation as a necessity to protect the youth, maintain order under Putin’s rule and preserve Russian Catholic values.
Because of the new legislation, gay Russians are calling for a boycott for the 2014 Olympics while the Gay Footballers Supporters’ Network is urging fans to cancel their trip to the 2018 World Cup.
The European Council, as well as multiple human rights groups, has condemned Russia’s new legislation before reaching passage.
“The crackdown against gays and lesbians in Russia is very troubling. While the rest of Europe is building a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love, Russia’s policies are making life more dangerous and less free for not only gays and lesbians, but all of Russia,” All Out co-founder Andre Banks said in a press release.