Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Close  
newsinfo / World

Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

newsinfo / World
  • share this

Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

/ 08:38 PM January 19, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin AP

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defends Russia’s anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and says Russia needs to “cleanse” itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

Putin’s comments in a TV interview broadcast Sunday still show the wide gulf between the perception of homosexuality in Russia versus the West. A Russian law passed last year banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” among minors has caused an international outcry.

Putin refused to answer a question on whether he believes that people are born gay or become gay. The Russian law, however, suggests that information about homosexuality can influence a child’s sexual orientation.

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORIES

Russia’s Putin signs ‘anti-gay propaganda’ bill into law

Obama has ‘no patience’ with foreign anti-gay laws

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: gay, Gender issues, pedophilia, Russia, Sochi Winter Olympics, Vladimir Putin
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved