This is still going on.
Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has said Moscow may change its adoption agreement with France in response to the country’s new gay marriage law.
Earlier on Saturday French President Francois Hollande signed into law a controversial bill allowing same-sex marriage. The bill has sparked mass protests throughout the nation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said late last month Russia could change its adoption agreements with the countries which allowed gay marriage that goes against “traditional Russian values”.
The Russian law defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
“France has other variants now. It turns out, that the countries (Russia and France) have a different legal framework. It is obvious, that a new mechanism should be devised to resolve this issue,” Astakhov told the Echo Moskvy radio station.
Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has been requested to come up with amendments to the law by July 1, Astakhov said.
Russia has been cracking down on LGBT rights as much as they can. In a not surprising move, skinheads armed with smoke bombs taunted LGBT marchers rallying in central St. Petersburg in the first sanctioned rally since the city banned so-called gay propaganda. The LGBT rights activists numbered about 100 and were outnumbered two-to-one by the anti-gay thugs identifying themselves as Orthodox Christian activists.
The gay rights activists arrived on by bus, carried rainbow flags and colored balloons, and chanted slogans including “shame to fascists” for about fifteen minutes before being forced to leave. They also held a moment of silence for the gay man who was tortured and murdered in Volgograd on 10 May.
Olga Lenkova, a spokeswoman for Coming Out, stated“This rally was organized as a reminder to civil society about the rights of homosexuals.” The rally was the first approved of by the first since November 2011.
The rally comes as Russia is planning on spreading the law which forbids ‘comment or actions that give minors “the false perception: that traditional and nontraditional relationships are socially equal.” The law has been heavily criticized by The move comes despite the fact that just barely more than one in three Russians favor curbing the civil rights of lesbians and gays.
God Loves Uganda, a documentary film that screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, explores the role of American Religious Right leaders in fomenting homophobia in Uganda (more here). Given that a draconian anti-gay bill is currently under consideration in Uganda, attitudes toward LGBTQ persons in Uganda will have long-lasting consequences for sexual minorities there. While progressives have had a largely positive response to the film, one Christian commentator has harsh words for God Loves Uganda.
In a May 15th commentary at Christianity Today, John G. Stackhouse delivers a hard-hitting review of the documentary. For starters, he claims that the film blurs the distinctions between American preachers who have visited Uganda, such as Scott Lively and Lou Engle, and American evangelicals as a whole. Additionally, he accuses the film of failing to frame “a conservative Christian understanding of sexual ethics” in context, as well as demonizing charismatic Christians.
The New Zealand Film Commission and MPI/Dark Sky Films are offering the entire budget to any individual or team who can come up with a synopsis and poster that impresses the public and a panel of judges. MPI will handle worldwide sales.
The first round resulted in the critically acclaimed Peeping T rom-com How To Meet Girls From A Distance. The film was conceived and delivered in less than six months and sold to Madman Entertainment after a festival run in New Zealand.
Timpson and Newman have called the new competition Make My Horror Movie. Tim Riley of Dominion Law structured the deal with assistance from New Zealand Film Commission’s Naomi Wallwork.
“Having MPI/Dark Sky onboard from day one is a smart way to help us to find a project that can transcend the inherent limitations of a low budget and to select a project that can make a real dent internationally,” said Timpson. “We were all knocked out by the creativity from the first Make My Movie, we have a real chance to find the next Paranormal Activity through this process.”