John M. Becker

Kyrgyzstan Gives Initial Approval to Anti-Gay Law

Filed By John M. Becker | October 15, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: gay propaganda, Kyrgyzstan, propaganda, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian gay propaganda

kyrgyzstan-map.gifLawmakers in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan gave overwhelming initial approval today to a proposed Russian-style "gay propaganda" ban, Radio Free Europe reports:

The bill calls for "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to be punished by up to one year in jail. It says journalists found guilty of "propagating" homosexual relations also will be held accountable. The bill bans the creation of groups that defend the rights of sexual minorities.

After the draft law was approved for debates by a parliamentary committee last week, the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek expressed concerns, saying the bill "fundamentally threatens human rights, Kyrgyzstan's democratic gains and constitutional guarantees."

Lawmakers approved the measure by a vote of 79-7. It must pass two more readings in parliament and be signed by the president in order to become law.

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