US Conservatives Praise Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws
Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia’s example in passing laws that restrict gay rights.
The activists, Massachusetts-based evangelical lawyer Scott Lively and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, praised two recently enacted Russian laws that have been assailed by gay-rights supporters worldwide. The protests have intensified amid Russia’s hosting of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
One law seeks to prevent gays and lesbians from adopting children, while the other - a ban on so-called gay "propaganda" accessible by minors - is seen as a deterrent to public expressions of gay-rights sentiment.
"By taking these steps in the face of intense criticism and hostility ... the Russians have demonstrated the high value that they place on their children and the natural family model of society," the newly formed Coalition for Family Values said. "We believe that God will bless the Russian people for their faith and courage."
Lively and LaBarbera said the new coalition will encourage allies abroad to lobby their own governments to follow Russia’s example.
"While the LGBT agenda has seemed like an unstoppable political juggernaut in North America and Europe, the vast majority of the people of the world do not accept the notion that sexual deviance should be normalized," their statement said.