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Putin Says No Discrimination of Gays in Russia

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

President Vladimir Putin has denied gays face discrimination in Russia, saying that a new law that has drawn protests worldwide does not infringe on their rights.

Putin on Thursday insisted the law bans only "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." He argues that it is "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities."

The law has prompted calls for boycotts of the 2014 Winter Olympics hosted by Russia in Sochi.

Putin says while some European nations have allowed gay marriages, "the Europeans are dying out ... and gay marriages don't produce children."

He added that heterosexual couples should have more children to reverse a population decline, saying "let us make our own choice, as we see it for our country."

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  • Wayne M., 2013-09-20 20:52:41

    Putin is lying - and if he believes what he is saying, he is lying to himself. Whenever a group is denied the right to defend themselves in public or celebrate their existence, there is discrimination. Putin has supported and defending laws that actively discriminate against LGBT people, minority Christian and other religious groups and minority cultures. Denying this fact does not change it.

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