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Anti-gay bill sparks outcry in Ukraine

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July 23, 2012, 3:57 p.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press

Lawmaker Pavlo Ungurian, who co-wrote the bill, told a news conference Monday that its goal was to preserve "the moral, spiritual and physical health of the nation."
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If a group of lawmakers have their way, TV shows and movies depicting gay people could be banned in Ukraine. 

Last month, six legislators, including President Viktor Yanukovych's representative in parliament, submitted a law that calls for prohibiting the "propaganda of homo-sexuality." If passed, the law would impose fines and even jail terms on those who deliberately disseminate positive information about gays to minors. Anything from movies, television series, photographs and even art exhibits viewable by children would become illegal.

Lawmaker Pavlo Ungurian, who co-wrote the bill, told a news conference Monday that its goal was to preserve "the moral, spiritual and physical health of the nation."

The bill has caused outrage among Western rights groups and politicians who said it would make being openly gay effectively illegal. 

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Oleksandr Denysenko July 24, 2012, 3:39 p.m.    

hopefully propaganda of homo-sexuality will be banned. But this can be another pre-election trick.

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mark tim July 25, 2012, 1:52 a.m.    

This is almost funny if it was not so dangerous. Hard to believe that in 2012 that in Ukraine you have a corrupt government , who are nothing but common criminals, preaching about how they are taking the morale high road on the gay issue. Never mind that they cheat,lie,steal and get paid to do it but does anyone in the world really believe that they have any morales. I say lets ban all Ukraine politicians from any visas to anywhere . Keep them there and maybe the rest of the Ukrainian people will wakeup and get rid of them.

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mark tim July 25, 2012, 3:58 a.m.    

This is almost funny if it was not so dangerous. Hard to believe that in 2012 that in Ukraine you have a corrupt government , who are nothing but common criminals, preaching about how they are taking the morale high road on the gay issue. Never mind that they cheat,lie,steal and get paid to do it but does anyone in the world really believe that they have any morales. I say lets ban all Ukraine politicians from any visas to anywhere . Keep them there and maybe the rest of the Ukrainian people will wakeup and get rid of them.

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