Right…homosexuality is satanic…

12 05 2009

In Russia, marriage is strictly defined as a union between a man and a woman.  Russia didn’t decriminalize homosexuality until 1993, not too long ago, and homophobia is still pervasive. Russian religious/spiritual leaders say that homosexuality is a threat to the country’s “traditional values”.  In 2006, gay activists tried to lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier right by the Kremlin wall and were arrested by riot police.  Last year, a gay rights activist was attacked during a small protest in Moscow right in front of uniformed police officers who just stood there watching, doing nothing.

A gay pride parade scheduled for this Saturday in Moscow was shut down, although the organizers say that it will still go on despite opposition. Mikhail Nalimov, chairman of the Union of Orthodox Christian Youth, has said that the gay pride parade is really just “an act of spiritual terrorism”.  His deputy has said that the parade is “an attempt to convert people to the gay side”.  And Mayor Yury Luzhkov has declared that the parade would be “satanic”.  (Haha, the things homophobes say!  Makes you think that they can’t be serious, but the saddest part is that they are.)

So yesterday, a lesbian couple, Irina Fedotova and Irina Shipitko, walked into a registry office in Moscow and asked for a marriage license.  Unsurprisingly they were denied (because marriage is only between a man and a woman), but the couple is not giving up.  Fedotova told  journalists, “We won’t stop in midstream,” and said that she and Shipitko planned to get married in Canada because Russia recognizes marriages registered abroad.

Fedotova and Shipitko determined not to give up.

Fedotova and Shipitko determined not to give up.

More power to them.  And I hope that the gay pride parade goes on this Saturday in Moscow as it was originally planned.


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