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Putin gives assurances on Sochi
homophobia / olympics / russia

Putin gives assurances on Sochi

Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia on Monday. SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to … Continue reading

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse
catholic church / central europe / poland

Poland’s Archbishop says gay marriage at fault for child abuse

The head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, last week blamed pedophilia on divorce, the pursuit of same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting children, according to The Telegraph. “It goes against the laws of nature, promotes marriage between persons of the same sex and fights for the right to legalize adoption of children … Continue reading

Lithuanian government disapproves of easing hate speech rules
baltics / homophobia / legislation / lithuania

Lithuanian government disapproves of easing hate speech rules

According to the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL), the Lithuanian Cabinet has expressed its disapproval of a parliamentary initiative that would remove sanctions for “criticism or discussion” of sexual behavior, sexual practices or beliefs. An amendment to Lithuania’s criminal code to redefine what constitutes discriminatory speech or incitement of hatred was officially registered in parliament on … Continue reading

Activists interrupt Council of Europe conference in Armenia
armenia / caucasus / europe

Activists interrupt Council of Europe conference in Armenia

A group of peaceful activists staged a protest in Yerevan today during a “High Level Conference on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Europe” organized by the Council of Europe. The conference takes place in the framework of the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE). According to the CoE website, the … Continue reading

Duma temporarily withdraws anti-gay parenting bill
homophobia / legislation / russia

Duma temporarily withdraws anti-gay parenting bill

A bill in the Russian parliament that would have allowed government officials to remove children from homes of gay parents has been temporarily withdrawn from consideration. Sofia Cherepanova, a spokesperson for Alexei Zhuravlev, the conservative lawmaker who introduced the measure, confirmed that the measure is listed as “withdrawn” on the website of the Federal State … Continue reading