August 5, 2013

Russia’s anti-gay laws in line with public’s views on homosexuality


About three-quarters of Russians don’t think homosexuality should be accepted by society.

Russia’s minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko stirred international concerns Thursday when he announced that the country planned to enforce its new anti-gay laws when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

DN_Russia_LawsThe announcement prompted fears that foreign Olympic athletes and spectators could be affected by the law, signed last month by President Vladimir Putin, which bans “homosexual propaganda.” Since then, a top Russian lawmaker sought to allay such concerns by saying the winter games would not be subject to the laws.

Putin also recently signed another law that restricts the adoption of Russian children by people living in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.

The laws seem to align with Russia’s rejection of homosexuality. About three-quarters (74%) of Russians said homosexuality should not be accepted by society, while just 16% said it should be accepted, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

The global survey assessed attitudes on homosexuality in 39 countries and found widespread rejection of homosexuality in Russia as well as in parts of Asia, Africa and predominantly Muslim nations.

Globally, homosexuality was most accepted in Spain (88%), Germany (87%), the Czech Republic (80%) and Canada (80%). A smaller majority of people in the United States (60%) also thought it should be accepted.

Russian acceptance of homosexuality varied slightly by age. A greater percentage of people ages 18 to 29 (21%) were accepting of homosexuality than people ages 50 and older (12%).

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  1. is a former editorial intern at the Pew Research Center.


  1. Truth 20152 years ago

    If you are Gay in Russia and you are a man try to hide for most of your life. If you are dating another man try to hide the relationship for safety concerns. Be aware straight people pretend to be GAY all the time to kill or destroy your life. Also stay away from children and young adults and avoid the police as they are Anti GAY. Most governments on EARTH do not value real GAY men! You may also be single for most of your life. Putin likes things a certain way and GAY people are not welcome. I would hide your lifestyle at every turn!

  2. Kenny2 years ago

    As Americans we need to realize that not everybody thinks like us nor should they have to. Hell, other Americans are divided about the issue and to different extents but it is society that supposedly makes the rules. If 2% of the population of a particular society engages in a behavior that the majority feels is wrong than that 2% IS WRONG. If the majority of people in hypothetical X country was ok with beastiality and passed laws to make it legal it wouldn’t matter what the rest of the world tried to impose on them because by their society’s standards there is nothing wrong with it. China has rules for how to raise and prepare dogs for food. The US doesn’t have those because we don’t eat dogs. We, except maybe PETA, doesn’t tell China what to eat and how to eat it. Now, I don’t believe people should be murdered for being homosexuals but if your society doesn’t accept it then you better hide it or move. People have to know their environment and face the repercussions. Like here in America, there are neighborhoods where you can spraypaint the side of a building and nobody cares but do that in the wrong area and you can go to jail and pay for damages. In California you can be openly gay but in Mississippi they don’t care for homosexuality so much and may find it offensive. Those are the rules and I hate how everyone tries to force their ideals on everyone else with the assumption that they know what’s best for everybody. There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer that will make everyone happy because whatever the case one group is going to feel alienated and that might as well be the minority. Complicated issue…

  3. Shane Medfield2 years ago

    While everyone is entitled to a opinion, when will we start allowing other countries to self-determinate and formulate their own views/beliefs??…. We need to stop lecturing those that have a differing outlook.

    Prime example; allowing Russia the freedom to legislate to prevent homosexuals from promoting/grooming younger Russians… they’re allowed to be concerned with these issues and make the necessary laws to reflect the Russian’s view. And let’s put it into context, it’s not like Russia are outlawing homosexuality with these new laws… It’s legal!!

    As there is so much discrepancy in laws and views across the globe, we need to understand that homosexuality will NEVER achieve a consensus…. thus, we need to respect a sovereign nations right (like Iran) to sentence for life (sodomy) and sentence to death (aggrevated sodomy).

  4. JCS3 years ago

    So…..when you moving to Russia????????????????

  5. Baron Sebol3 years ago

    Who the hell cares. It angers me to see that people are trying to force others to accept homosexuality. It’s not right, homosexuality is a strange concept. If you have strong feelings for another man you have a problem. Next thin you know we are gonna allow pedophiles to marry children because they love eachother but only if the child is willing. Society is becoming too accepting. I’m not Christian by the way, I’m athiest. I don’t hate homosexuals, I just don’t think it should be accepted as a everyday normal thing.

    1. Mike3 years ago

      That isn’t an argument, it’s just repeating ‘I believe X’ in about a dozen different ways. Look up Fallacies of Assertion, Circular Arguments, Slippery Slope, Appeal to Emotion, Naturalistic Fallacy, Ad Nauseam.(Not to mention Appeal to Popular Opinion)

  6. Henry Ford3 years ago

    I cannot describe how disgusted I am that any “Christian” could support homosexuality. No gays should not be beaten, slandered or anything of the sort. That is not Christian. However, the Bible is very clear that homosexuality is not a sin. It is not judging when someone says that homosexuality is wrong. It is a statement of truth. The scripture has been pointed out over and over again, yet even “Christians” won’t accept it. It is not judging when it is said that homosexuals will go to Hell if they don’t change their ways. It is right there in your very own Bible. God is forgiving and loves everyone. God loves EVERYONE. However, that alone won’t get you into Heaven. The filthiest of people can go to Heaven if they repent. If they change their ways and come to God. If they change their sinful ways and live in the least sinful way that they can. Even child molesters can inherit the kingdom of God if they truly want to change their ways and repent for their sins. Homosexuality is a choice. You must change your ways and follow God’s word. Saying that it is okay to be gay and a Christian is no different than it is to say that it is okay to murder. Homosexuality is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle of living in sin. Sometimes a Christian might do something sinful such as tell a lie, a negative word will slip from their mouth, or they might think a sinful thought. It is not easy to live a sin FREE life. However, when you live IN sin, you are not even working on changing your ways. A Christian needs to constantly be trying to be more like Christ; taking small steps to remove all sin from their life. As humans, we will mess up from time to time. Choosing to live a sinful lifestyle however, is moving backwards. As Christians, we should not even stand for homosexuality. It should be abolished in a nonviolent way that encourages people to be more like Christ. Accepting homosexuality is also moving backwards.

  7. Donny3 years ago

    Us 60% ?? so there are almost as much people homophobic in the US then is Russia. Man that scares me. Some states in the US are as short minded as Russia itself.

    Good article. I also do not belief being gay is a sin. And the propaganda some have fear for does not come from the average gay person. it are our world leaders that want us to hate each other so much with brainwashing confusing.

    1. Henry Ford3 years ago

      The bible is very clear that homosexuality is a SIN. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (NIV). (…)
      What is scary is that 60% of the U.S. supports homosexuality. It is obviously not our government that causes the minority of our population to support homosexuality. Your comments, “Us 60% ?? so there are almost as much people homophobic in the US then is Russia. Man that scares me. Some states in the US are as short minded as Russia itself” and “it are our world leaders that want us to hate each other so much with brainwashing confusing,” leads me to believe that you think the U.S. government is pushing anti gay policy, which is definitely not true. Consider how many states now accept gay-marriage and that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has been repealed. Russia has a strong Islamic population. Muslims do not support homosexuality, which is at least part of the reason why it is viewed so negatively there.

      1. John Pfeiffer3 years ago

        dude russian population is 85 percent Russian Orthodox a christian!

  8. john greene4 years ago

    bravo to the Russian people for there Christian values and rejection of the ungodly practice of homosexuality. Let it be known that God’s laws will prevail whether this world likes it or not.

    1. Alysa4 years ago

      I’m a Christian and an open lesbian, because Jesus accepts all of his children as all of us have sinned.

      1. simple truth4 years ago

        1. To call oneself an authentic Christian and remain a practicing homosexual is a direct contradiction of biblical teaching and contrary to the “abundant life” promised by Jesus.

        Just as “Christian hatred” is an oxymoron, so too is the term “gay Christian.” God offers forgiveness and freedom through His Son, which is the good news (gospel) of the Christian message.

        2. Practicing homosexuality is most definitely sinful and contradicting biblical teaching on God’s order for human relationships and family.

        We’re aware this is contrary to what some “religious,” “gay-affirming” churches and leaders put forth (they reject the authority of the Bible and twist the meaning of passages), but they must be challenged and called back to faithfulness to the truth. The Bible consistently, unambiguously, without exception prohibits practicing homosexuality and tells us to honor God’s design for sexual behavior between men and women. The purpose is that we enjoy a fulfilling sexual experience in marriage and ideally have children as an expression of our marital love. Stating this forthrightly is not “hate speech.” This is an expression of divine love because sinful behavior not only hurts our Creator, but also is harmful to us (and others). God gives us laws for our own good!

        3. Homosexuality is not simply another “alternative lifestyle.”

        In the Hebrew-Christian Bible, there are multiple times in both the Old and New Testament accounts where homosexuality and other immoral activities are explicitly condemned as dishonorable to God and the natural order (the way things were designed to work) and as destructive to those involved with them.

        4. All of us are born with a fallen nature that gives us a tendency to do wrong.

        We don’t have to train children to lie, steal, harm others, act selfishly or demand their own way. Having a free will to make choices, all of us are accountable for our own actions. Biology can’t make us do wrong, although circumstances can influence us.

        5. There is a major distinction between people’s behavior and their race.

        My black friends can’t decide to become Caucasian. My husband can’t decide to become a full-blown woman (though today some try!). One is chosen; the other unchosen. Homosexuality is something someone does—not something someone is. Each of us is personally responsible for our behavior. (Otherwise, drunk drivers, rapists and child molesters are “off the hook” and play the “victim card.”)

        1. Henry Ford3 years ago

          Well said!

    2. tim3 years ago

      I feel the same way, Bravo for Russia.

  9. david4 years ago

    Because of this hideous anti gay law, gay men and women are being murdered’ beaten and abused. This is the mark of a vicious autocracy. When human rights are removed we all suffer. Shame on you for applauding this hate!

    1. Lee3 years ago

      Agree 100% David!

      Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
      Albert Einstein

      God is love and would never want his children practicing hate. Condoning violence against ANY person(whether gay/straight) in The Lord’s name is the opposite of what a Christian should do. No one has the right to abuse power in God’s name. Do you really think Jesus would approve of these hateful comments? Every Man and Woman has the right to choose who they love…whether that be of the same or opposite sex. Before you assume I’m a homosexual, know that I am a heterosexual wife and Mother. I am a devout Christian and I choose to spread LOVE thru God’s words not HATE. The only people causing a “downward destruction’ are those who continue to turn a blind eye on these atrocities inflicted on your fellow HUMAN BEINGS!!!! This is NOT ok:…

      1. Dee10052 years ago

        I have not read one hateful comment on this site, you are spouting hyperbole. Homosexuality is not only a sin, it is an abomination unto God; the same goes for adultery, among other things. Our society is so libertine, is is a cesspool. To openly corrupt children in homosexuality is abhorrent, and going by my own personal experience, two of five homosexuals I knew were verified pedophiles, one vividly did touching in public view of a teenage, and two seemed to be upright citizens. That is why these anti-propaganda laws are necessary. These laws are not anti-gay, they are anti-propaganda, and that is a fact. A phobia is an unreasonable fear, there is no such thing as a homophobe. Libertines have leveraged the phobe argument, the Russians have seen through the falsehoods.

  10. regular guy4 years ago

    Way to go Russia, finally a country that functions in a manner consistent with it’s peoples wishes.

    1. Ted Williams2 years ago

      Totally agree! Regardless of your point of you, Russia are having a robust debate nationally before deciding the course forward.

      Just because there is a perception homosexuals have been hard down by with this law, doesn’t mean you can challenge the process/law…. It’s what the Russian’s believe!

  11. Eric4 years ago

    Kudos to Russia! I am an American and although this is supposed to be the land of the “free” I cannot say anything about gay’s. I have to allow them to have their beliefs expressed on tv, paper and radio. I do NOT want my children exposed to what I believe and have the right to believe is MORALLY WRONG. I am tired of gay’s having more rights than heterosexuals! We are living in a sick society when we believe it should be okay to expose children to homosexuality but child molestation like the travesty which happened at Penn State is wrong! Where is the line drawn?

    You people who believe this is okay or even morally correct are the very reason the world is spiralling downward to destruction!

    Moreover, most of the people staging or uprising on such things aren’t even homosexual. Instead feel no one should be discriminated against based on their beliefs however expect EVERYONE to adhere to their beliefs!?

    1. Andy Nguyen4 years ago

      A 2013 Pew study reported that 60% of U.S. adults accept homosexual relations and 50% support same-sex marriage.

    2. Chad4 years ago

      Chad, I agree with you unfortunately we are the minority.

    3. Alysa4 years ago

      Being gay doesn’t make you impure or automatic child molester. As a lesbian teenager with 7 siblings of both genders and all ages, I can assure you that OUR (mine aswell) Christian views don’t conflict with my sexuality for all have sinned and all can accept Jesus into out hearts. I can assure you, sir, that I am not contagious and won’t contaminate your children, you close-minded person. And you have no right to judge me, for that is also a sin, and therefore you too have sinned. Being gay isn’t even one of the deadly sins, so it’s about as average as the sin of playing football with the pig of a skin or women being treated as equals to men. None of us have lived without sin so stop flinging around the Holy Bible like it will protect your kids from being who they are. So what if they turn out gay, anyways? They are still children of God.

    4. Canadian homo4 years ago

      Eric I’m gonna have to disagree with you on this one. You are possibly just baiting but it’s hard to let your comment go unanswered. How can you actually say that gays have more rights than straights? Think about how oppressed you are next time you attend a straight wedding, or donate blood, or kiss your spouse in public without getting dirty looks, or adopt kids, or have kids at all for that matter.

      “Freedom” should mean that I should be able to love who I want, and you who you want. “Freedom” also (somewhat unfortunately) means that people like you are entitled to express their negative, closed-minded views. What freedom *doesn’t* mean, is you not being held accountable for what you say. So you can say whatever you want about gays, but don’t cry about it when people respond negatively.

      You complain about everyone having to adhere to gays beliefs, but you expect everyone to adhere to your conservative Christian beliefs??? So much for the “land of the free” … or secularism. Why won’t you just let other people live their lives, without projecting hatred and bigotry onto them???

      We’ve had gay marriage in Canada for 10 years now, and the world hasn’t ended, or “spiralled downward to destruction” as you say. If there’s anything “threatening the institution of marriage,” as they say, it’s the dime-a-dozen foolish & failed straight celebrity and/or teen mom marriages that we see so much of.

      Also re: gay people VS Penn State, where is the line drawn??? The line is drawn at the age of consent, y’know. It’s offensive that you equate homosexuality with Sandusky.

      and well said alysa. smart lesbian teen over here 😉