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Greens Russia motion rejected
A Greens motion denouncing a move by the St Petersburg Parliament in Russia to criminalise public discussion of LGBTI issues has been voted down in the Australian Parliament today.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young moved the motion in the Senate this afternoon and said she was disappointed the issue did not receive support from the Labor Party or the Coalition.
“The bill before the St Petersburg Parliament represents an appalling infringement on human rights for LGBTI people,” Hanson-Young said.
“If it passes, this bill will further exclude LGBTI people from public life. It will make it impossible for them to protest or peacefully assemble to stand up for their rights.
“As a vibrant democracy that believes in sexual diversity, Australia should be doing all that we can to lobby Russian authorities to abandon this bill.”
The so-called homosexual propaganda bill is currently before the St Petersburg Parliament and proposes fines for anyone who publicly “promote[s] sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transsexuality,” the Moscow Times reports.
The bill passed its first reading with an almost unanimous vote. Dates have not yet been set for a further two readings.
Russian gay rights activists have labelled the move “medieval” and human rights activists from around the globe have spoken out against it.
Lobby group All Out has started an online petition to pressure legislators to drop the bill. So far almost 200,000 signatures have been collected.