Same-Sex Kissing Protest In Moscow Turns Violent

Gay-rights advocates protesting a “homosexual propaganda” ban were assaulted Tuesday for kissing in public — punishable under the proposed law.

1. The kissing began outside a downtown parliament building. Under the proposed bill, all LGBT PDA and “dissemination of information” would be punishable with a fine.

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2. Soon after, supporters of the “propaganda” ban tried to stop the kissing.

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3. Despite the altercation, the kissing protesters were semi-victorious. The Russian Lower House postponed the hearing indefinitely.

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Read more about the bill here.

4. A Russian poll shows that 86 percent of citizens support the bill, while only 6 percent say they’ve seen “gay propaganda” in action.

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5. See video of the protest here:

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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