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Russia Is Now Banning All “Gay Propaganda” That Promotes “Non-Traditional” Relationships

The Russian upper house of parliament has passed a bill banning “gay propaganda” for all ages, bringing it one step closer to law and expanding a previous law that only banned it for children.

The Russian upper house of parliament has passed a bill banning “gay propaganda” for all ages, bringing it one step closer to law and expanding a previous law that only banned it for children.

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.

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LGBTQ rights activists march in Russia’s St. Petersburg May 1, 2013, during their rally against a controversial law in the city that activists see as violating the rights of LGBTQ people. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP) (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images)

The law has been used to stop pride marches and detain LGBTQ rights activists, according to the Guardian.

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Daniil Grachev, a LGBTQ rights activist, arrested by riot police during a Gay Pride event in St. Petersburg, June 29, 2013. The rally was considered illegal under the law against ‘gay propaganda’. (Getty Images)

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).

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People wave LGBTQ rainbow flags during the LGBTQ pride rally in Saint Petersburg, on Agust 12, 2017. (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images)

Foreigners found guilty could face up to 15 days in prison or deportation.

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Russian riot policemen detain a LGBTQ rights activist during a LGBTQ rally in cental Moscow on May 25, 2013. (Photo by ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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LGBTQ rights activists kiss as they take part in a flash mob devoted to the World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in St. Petersburg, on May 17, 2014. (OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images)

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.’”

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A man shows a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest supporting LGTBQ people in Chechnya. (Photo by Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In September, during a speech announcing the annexation of four occupied areas of Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin took a jab at LGBTQ rights in the West, claiming it lead to “perversions” and “outright Satanism”.

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LGBTQ rights activists take part in a gay pride event in Saint Petersburg on June 29, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVAI via Getty Images)

The bill will now be signed off by Putin before becoming law.

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Activists withrainbow flag during the LGBTQ pride rally in Saint Petersburg in Russia, on August 12, 2017. (OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty Images)

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