2012-03-12 12:16:00

Law banning propaganda of homosexuality should get federal status - Russian Orthodox Church

Moscow, March 12, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church believes the ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors should apply to the entire Russia, not just St. Petersburg.

"The law passed in St. Petersburg will help protect children from information manipulations by minorities promoting sodomy," Hieromonk Dimitry (Pershin), an expert with the State Duma committee on family, women and children, said in an interview with Interfax-Religion commenting on the reports saying that St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko has signed amendments to the city law On Administrative Violations Envisioning Liability for Propaganda of Homosexuality and Pedophilia Among Minors.

"The persistence of sexual minorities and their intention to rally near children's establishments indicate that this regional law is highly needed and should be urgently given federal status. However, it's the job of State Duma deputies," Hieromonk Dimitry said.

Gay pride parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev earlier said sexual minorities intended to hold protest rallies near some children's establishments in St. Petersburg to protest the law.