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On July 3, Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children by gay couples as well as all couples or single parents living in countries where marriage equality exists.Days earlier, another law was passed*, stating that those accused of promoting "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" (which supporters of the legislation defined as "relations not conducive to procreation”) will be subject to arrest.

Individuals who break the law will be given a fine of up to 5,000 rubles ($156) and media organizations could be penalized up to 1 million rubles ($31,000).

Included in that law is a provision that allows police officers to arrest and detain (up to two weeks) any foreign nationals or tourists whom they suspect to be gay, lesbian, or “pro-gay.” Critics argue that the language in this law is so vague that almost anyone could be accused and jailed, and members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are worried that athletes who travel to Russia for the games could be jailed themselves.

It is a tactic, some say, right out of “the Nazi playbook.” Playwright Harvey Fierstein, a gay man and a Jew, argued in a recent op-ed in the New York Times that “Mr.

Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain ...

The patriarch believes that the recognition of same-sex unions by Western countries is a harbinger of impending of doom.

In July, Russia Today reported that after a liturgy in Red Square's Kazan Cathedral, Kirill said, “This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction.” Kirill called on Russians to “fight for freedom from sins,” saying, “Where sin is elected through freedom, there comes death, terror and dictatorship.” Putin reportedly has been strengthening his alliances with the Russian Orthodox Church in the past few years.

Sadly, this may be only the beginning of unjust legislation targeted at sexual minorities.

Media reports suggest that Putin may sign an edict that would allow police to remove the children of gay or lesbian parents.

CBS News reported that the activists “were attacked by hundreds of Orthodox Christian activists and members of pro-Kremlin youth groups.

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