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    Russia Would Ban 'Sex Propaganda'

    Russian gay rights activists kiss each other outside the lower house of Russias parliament, the State Duma, in Moscow, on June 11, 2013, during their protest action. Russia's parliament debated today a law introducing steep fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual "propaganda" to minors, a measure critics fear will be used to justify the repression of gays amid rising homophobia in the country. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Two steps forward, one step back for sexual progress in Europe. On Friday, Russian lawmakers filed a bill in the lower house of parliament to expand the country’s notorious “gay propaganda” law to all forms of sex. Without citing any actual statistics, the bill claims Russians are losing their virginity at a younger age, which is why people who produce any forms of “sexually explicit media” should be punished. In contrast to that questionable flow of logic, Northern Cyprus voted to repeal the last sodomy law in Europe.

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