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Russia's war on gays is mixing religion and government???

Jul 28, 2013

Arizona Republic

If you ask me there isn't much difference between putting people in prison for being gay and putting people in prison for smoking marijuana.

Both are victimless crimes that harm no one. Well other then offend a few religious people who would love for the government to force their religious beliefs on the rest of us.

Stop Russia’s affront

Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:32 PM

Russia’s new anti-gay laws are an affront to human rights. They classify anything deemed “homosexual propaganda” as pornography and permit the state to arrest/fine anyone, gay or straight who denies homosexuality is evil. Russian police may arrest and detain gay, lesbian, or pro-gay tourists. Adoption of Russian-born children by anyone in a country with same sex marriage is banned.

Economic pressure is the only way to back Putin down. We must ask our national leaders to condemn the anti-gay pogrom and demand repeal of the laws before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

If the laws are not rescinded, we must ask the Olympic Committee to boycott the Games rather than inject millions into Russia’s economy. If the Games proceed and Putin’s actions are not condemned, it will appear that Putin is being rewarded for his anti-gay stance. What group will he next ostracize and outlaw in his push for power?

— Susan Hurley, Mesa