Vladimir Putin: Anti-gay law 'does not harm anybody'

I recommend watching him explain his position in the BBC article’s video.


19 January 2014 Last updated at 11:12 GMT

Russia’s law banning gay “propaganda” does not harm anyone and there is no professional or social discrimination against gays in the country, Vladimir Putin has said.

The Russian president said Sir Elton John, who condemned the law during a recent performance in Moscow, was loved by millions “regardless of his sexual orientation”.

There have been high-profile calls for a boycott of Sochi games in protest at the legislation.

Mr Putin made the comments in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show - less than three weeks before the Winter Games begin. (Source)

Basically, Putin seemed to be saying that Russia is not opposed to homosexuality, just taking steps to keep from marketing it to children due to concerns of homosexual pedophilia.

Personally, I agree with the steps Russia’s taking to protect its youth.

I think Russian President Putin did a really good job of explaining what Russia is doing and why.

The Emperor has no Clothes is what comes to mind when reading anything Putin has to say about anything. Smoke and mirrors as the old saying goes. Just exactly who is protecting the gay young people from Putin?:shrug:

What part of what President Putin said do you have a problem with? Or did you not watch the interview video?

I transcribed the article’s video interview segment. Here it is in Russian President Putin’s (translated) words:

Russian President Putin

You know, I can’t answer the part of your question about whether homosexuals are born or made. That is beyond my professional interest. I’m just not qualified to respond. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in 1/3 of world’s countries, being gay is not a crime. In 70 countries, there is criminal liability for homosexuality. And in 7 of those countries, they have the death penalty for homosexuality.

We have recently passed a law prohibiting propaganda, and not of homosexuality only, but of homosexuality and child abuse, child sexual abuse. But this has nothing to do with persecuting individuals for their sexual orientation. There is a world of difference between these two things, so there is no danger for individuals of this non-traditional sexual orientation who are planning to come to the games as visitors or participants.

BBC Interviewer

What about the, the Russian Church people who have called for the return of criminal law against homosexual people? Do you support that? Are you horrified by it? What’s your attitude?

Russian President Putin

(Sigh) In law, the Church is separate from the State and has the right to its own point of view. I would also like to point out that almost all traditional world religions agree on this topic. Is the position of the Holy See different from that of the Russian Orthodox Church? Does Islam treat individuals with non-traditional sexual orientation differently? Actually, it’s even tougher. Read our law carefully, and pay attention to its name. It’s called a ban on the propaganda of pedophilia and homosexuality. Ban on the propaganda of pedophilia and homosexuality.

There are countries, including in Europe, where they are debating the possibility of legalizing pedophilia, publicly discussing this in Parliament. They can do what they want. But the people of Russia have their own cultural court, their own traditions. It seems to me that the law we’ve adopted doesn’t harm anybody. What’s more, people, homosexual people, can’t feel inferior here, because there is no professional career or social discrimination against them. (Source)

I agree, its a shame the US does not have a similar law to protect our children from this garbage. They see fit to protect them from porn and other filth, why the hesitation in keeping gay propaganda from them?

Oh yeah, it looks like the boycott against the olympics didnt turn out too successful! I think every gay person that was planning on going…went!

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