European Court Says Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Law Violates Human Rights

Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin, riding a bear. 

A European court has ruled that an anti-gay Russian law violates human rights.

Russia's anti-gay propaganda law, passed in 2013, made efforts to 'promote homosexuality to minors' a criminal offense. 

But today, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the contested Russian law is in violation of European treaty rules.

“The Court found in particular that, although the laws in question aimed primarily at protecting minors, the limits of those laws had not been clearly defined and their application had been arbitrary.

“Indeed, by adopting such laws, the authorities had reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia, which was incompatible with the values of a democratic society.”

In response, United Russia party lawmaker Vitaly Milonov said:

“The decision … shows that our country has chosen the right path to preserve its culture and human identity.

“I’m sure that we will support the institution of a traditional strong family in future and shield children from attacks by all manner of minorities.”

H/T: Attitude