Europe's court raps Russia over “gay propaganda” law

Jun 20, 2017, 6:34 AM EDT
LGBT community has been protesting against Russia's "gay propaganda" law.
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The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday slammed Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that prohibits and fines promotion of homosexuality among people under 18. The Strasbourg judges ruled that the law, adopted in 2013, violates the right to freedom of expression in addition to stigmatizing homosexuality and encouraging homophobia.

The case, highlighting the anti-gay prejudice in Russia, garnered widespread attention after three LGBT activists were fined for opposing the so-called “gay propaganda” law, writes The Guardian.

Dismissing Russia’s claim that the law is aimed at protecting morality, the court called it a reflection of “a predisposed bias” on the part of a heterosexual majority against a homosexual minority, notes the BBC.