The bill aims to expand a 2013 law, which banned “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” in any form of mass media for anyone under the age of 18.
The law has been used to stop pride marches and detain LGBTQ rights activists, according to the Guardian.
Passed with an unanimous vote, the bill will see individuals found guilty of spreading “gay propaganda” be fined up to 400,000 rubles (US$6,600) and companies up to 5 million rubles (US$82,100).
Foreigners found guilty could face up to 15 days in prison or deportation.
Although gay bars and clubs would probably be allowed to function, actions such as same-sex kissing in public could be fined, Russian LGBT support group member, Kseniya Mikhailova, told Reuters.
The chairperson of the Russian LGBT Network said the law was “an ongoing homophobic government campaign against LGBTQ rights” and “a broader attack on anything the government deems ‘western and progressive.’”
Thailand’s Parliament has voted to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy but people who undergo the procedure later in their pregnancies may still face fines and up to six months in prison.