Scott Lively is among the social
conservatives applauding passage of a Russian law which prohibits
“gay propaganda” to minors.
President Vladimir Putin signed the
controversial bill into law last week.
The measure is modeled after a law
which took effect last year in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg's law
criminalizes “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty,
lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.” It also
bans public events that promote gay rights, such as Gay Pride parades
and gay rights demonstrations.
“I am personally very pleased to see
this development, having called specifically for legislation of this
sort in my speaking tour of the Soviet Union in 2006 and 2007,”
Lively wrote, referring to a 50-city speaking tour.
Lively held up the legislation as a
model for the West: “Victory is still theoretically possible for
the pro-family movement in the West if we are willing to pay the
“The key to pro-family victory is
preventing any more 'Gay Fascism Bills' form being adopted,” he
wrote, referring to anti-discrimination laws based on sexual
orientation, “and uprooting the seeds that have already been
planted, all toward the openly declared goal of discouraging all sex
outside of marriage for the health of our society. Anything less is
futile, except to slow the process of homosexual control.”
Lively, president of the Christian
conservative Defend the Family International, is best known for
playing a key role in pushing for tough anti-gay legislation in
Uganda. He is also the author of The
Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, which
attempts to draw parallels between the modern gay rights movement and
Nazism, and calls gay rights dangerous.
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic
Family and Human Rights Institute, told the AP that he “admired”
the law. “We want to let them know they do in fact have support
among American NGOs (non-governmental organizations) on social
issues,” he said.