A Russian State Duma committee has, thankfully, rejected a bill banning people from coming out as gay.
This legislation was introduced back in October 2015 by Communist Party MPs Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev, and would have punished “the public expression of non-traditional sexual relations” by up to 15 days imprisonment a fine of 5,000 rubles ($80, €60).
Deputy chairman of the committee on constitutional legislation and state-building, Dmitry Vyatkin, said that the bill was rejected “primarily due to the fact that from a formal legal perspective, the bill was illiterate.”
According to a report from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian lawmakers snickered as Ivan Nikitchuk described homosexuality as “contagious disease” and a “threat to society.”
At the time, he said: “There is a group of people who, in our opinion, have a damaged psyche, and as a result have deviated from their sexual orientation. This is an illness on a level with drugs and alcoholism and other illnesses. What’s more, this illness is contagious. For a young man with an unformed psyche, it represents a serious threat.”
Naturally, the bill has been condemned by people such as the Human Rights Watch. They called the bill a “new and absurd low in discriminatory legislative proposals.”
While this is great news, I am slightly concerned the bill will be making a comeback in a more “literate” form. Let’s hope not.