Activists say the ban, passed by popular referendum on Sunday, could lead to further efforts to curtail rights by the ballot box. “At this point we’re more concerned about what’s going to happen with other minority rights,” one Croatian LGBT activist said.
The organizations demanded the IOC press the Russian government for specifics on how the law will be enforced during the Sochi games.
The unusually heavy sentence may be a sign that law enforcement is finally getting serious about the widespread violence targeting black lesbians in South Africa.
“To permit someone to discriminate on the ground that he did not believe that persons of homosexual orientation should be treated equally with persons of heterosexual orientation would be to create a class of people who were exempt from the discrimination legislation,” ruled the high court unanimously.
A lesbian couple from Medellín is poised to win joint parental rights after a years-long legal battle. But the decision could plant the seed to undo court victories for marriage equality.
“Instead of supporting Putin’s anti-gay terror, [Ikea] was supposed to stand up for us,” one of the organizers said.
The furniture giant decided not to risk publishing a feature in Russia about how a British lesbian couple and their baby became closer while redecorating their small living space, because the company believed it would break the country’s “homosexual propaganda ban.”
“We hope that [the] president will accompany these words by action and leadership in ensuring that cases of discrimination and violence against LGBT people are duly prosecuted,” LGBT advocates respond.
Olympic committees have, in the past, targeted knitters and newspapers in seeking to protect their name. When it comes to the Olympic logo being used throughout a Russian anti-gay TV program, they remain silent.
Feeling embattled in the United States, participants at a controversial Capitol Hill briefing by the World Congress of Families say growing “pro-family” movements overseas provide hope.