In the first reading, Russia's lower house voted in favor of tightening the law against "LGBT propaganda". The vote "on changes to the legislation relating to the propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" was unanimous, the parliament announced on its website on Thursday. In the future, among other things, the "denial of family values" should also be punished.
The Duma must now hold two more readings and then approve the upper house before President Vladimir Putin signs the new law. These steps are usually a mere formality.
The law will apply to the media, internet, literature, cinema and advertising. "Films that promote non-traditional sexual relationships will not get a license," the Duma warned.
LGBT is the English abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual.