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Bloomberg: ‘Curing’ homosexuality in Russia and Ukraine

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Oct. 11, 2012, 11:52 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Bloomberg

In Russia and Ukraine, politicians are treating homosexuality like a curable addiction -- and even a crime.
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Forget gay marriage. In Russia and Ukraine, politicians are treating homosexuality like a curable addiction -- and even a crime.

Last week, acting on a widespread popular belief that sexual orientation is a matter of indoctrination, the Ukrainian parliament gave its preliminary approval to a bill that makes “propaganda of homosexuality” a criminal offense, punishable by a fine of about $10,000 or as many as five years in prison. “The spread of homosexuality is a threat to national security because it propagates the HIV/AIDS epidemic, destroys the family and could lead to a demographic crisis,” the bill's drafters wrote in an explanatory note. The danger, they reasoned, is great enough to justify a limitation on freedom of speech.

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