- August 9, 2013
Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
The Armenian Police Department has withdrawn a proposed anti-LGBT amendment, similar to the heinous “propaganda” law recently passed in Russia.
The proposed amendment sought to fine individuals, legal entities and officials up to $4,000 dollars for any public promotion of “non-traditional sexual relationships.” In essence, the amendment would criminalize same-sex relationships in a country where the LGBT community already face rampant discrimination and little to no legal protection.
Police claimed the bill was necessary in order to protect “the model of traditional Armenian family” against “phenomena alien to national Armenian mentality,” according to the Armenian news site Azatutyun.com.
Russia’s own recently enacted anti-LGBT law criminalizing the most modest gestures of support for LGBT individuals has brought concern worldwide for not only the Olympic athletes and travellers, but also the countless LGBT Russians who will continue to endure the law long after the last medal is won.
Under the guise of protecting children from "homosexual propaganda," the law imposes fines or jail time to citizens who disseminate information that may cause a "distorted understanding" that LGBT and heterosexual relationships are "socially equivalent."
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