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President Putin Declares That It Is His Duty To Stop Gay Marriage, Adoption

The Russian Federation has been widely criticized by non-governmental organizations for widespread human right violations and for the country’s barbaric social and legal views towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been repeatedly condemned for spearheading his country’s discriminating policy towards gay people. The controversial figure has attracted outrage once more after declaring that preventing marriage between same-sex couples was his solemn “duty” as the President of Russia.

The provocative remarks were delivered during an interview between President Putin and Oliver Stone, a well-known American film director. When it comes to homosexuality, the Russian Federation is renowned for its conservative stance and, during his interview with Mr. Stone, President Putin emphasized his own views on the subject, saying: "And I can tell you this, that as head of state today, I believe it's my duty to uphold traditional values and family values. But why? Because same-sex marriages will not produce any children.”

President Putin went on to claim that “God has decided”, equating the danger of Russia’s falling birth rates with the introduction of gay marriage laws. President Putin also declared his aversion to introducing same-sex adoption, revealing he believed growing up in a ‘traditional’ household opened up ‘freer choice’ for children. President Putin has been decried for implementing a nationwide ban on the dissemination of information ‘legitimizing’ homosexuality. This ban was put into effect to stop children from being ‘indoctrinated’ by the ‘propaganda’ of homosexuality and to supposedly allow children “the opportunity to grow up without [homosexuality] impacting their consciousness.”

Despite his controversial views and the domestic animosity towards homosexuality throughout the Russian Federation, President Putin maintains that Russia is “rather liberal” to a “great extent”. President Putin vigorously defended his country’s supposed harsh stance against homosexuality, saying: “There is no situation like in some Muslim countries where homosexuals face death penalty… we have no restrictions or harassment based on gender. Moreover, many people explicitly talk about their non-traditional sexual orientation. We maintain relations with them and many of them achieve outstanding results in their activity… they even get state awards and orders for their achievements.”

Mr. Stone further probed the President of Russia, asking him personal and invasive questions in order to accentuate his stance on gay rights. After confirming that no formal prohibition is in place to prevent homosexual men from entering the army, Mr. Stone questioned whether President Putin would shower on a submarine with a homosexual man being on the crew. With a menacing glare, Putin replied that he “would prefer not to go to the shower with him,” asking Mr. Stone why he would “provoke him’ like that. President Putin went on to jokingly reveal that he was a judo and a SAMBO master, just in case anyone happened to be ‘provoked’.

Protests against the Russian Government have continued throughout 2017, especially after several news outlets reported a “gay purge” in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Source: Daily Mail
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