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Russians ‘vote’ overwhelmingly to keep Putin in power, ban gay ‘marriage’
LifeSiteNews ^ | July 1st 2020 | Calvin Freiburger

Posted on 07/02/2020 4:15:29 PM PDT by Ennis85

Wednesday was the final day of voting in Russia on the all but inevitable re-election of President Vladimir Putin to another 12-year term, and on whether or not to formally ban state recognition of same-sex “marriage.”

Putin said in February that he would back a national referendum to “clarify some things,” including that “marriage is a union of a man and woman” and that “as long as I am president, we will not have parents #1 and #2, we will have ‘papa’ and ‘mamma.’” The comments were consistent with his past opposition to formal promotion of homosexuality.

This week’s amendment, for which polls opened last Thursday, “clarifies” that only monogamous heterosexual unions will be recognized as marriages in Russia. Other amendments put up for referendum include one that adds the phrase “faith in God” to the Russian constitution, and another that would eliminate term limits for the Russian president, effectively allowing Putin to remain in power for life.

The marriage amendment has come under fire from international observers, prompting supporters and Putin allies to accuse foreign countries of attempting to interfere with Russian elections, the CBC reported.

On June 27, the ambassadors to Russia from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand issued a joint statement to “celebrate Pride Month by applauding LGBTI activists and their allies,” and to “call upon the government of the Russian Federation to adhere to its stated commitment to protecting the rights of all citizens, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.”

"In Russia, this situation (over gay rights) is compounded by an increase in violence and intimidation of the community by local authorities and other actors,” declared Canada's ambassador to Russia, Alison LeClaire, “and proposals for constitutional amendments that if adopted would lead to an increasingly less inclusive national legal framework.”

The New York Times reported in March that polls indicated the referendum would have low turnout and enthusiasm, and suggested that putting the marriage amendment on the referendum was intended to turn things around and, according to Moscow-based political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann, “reinven(t) the vote as a referendum for traditional values.”

“They gave it a label to attract both those in favor, and those opposed,” Schulmann said. “If turnout is properly high, then this new amended constitution will be legitimized both in the eyes of the internal audience and international community.”

Elections are not truly free in Russia, but the state seeks high voter turnout in order to give them the appearance of legitimacy. NBC News reported that, according to Russia’s Central Election Commission, the state’s efforts seem to have yielded a turnout of more than 60 percent.

The CEC further reported 73 percent support for the package of Putin-backed amendments, including the marriage language.

Despite its hardline stance on LGBT issues, however, Russia is far from a model of pro-family governance. On top of its authoritarian rule, the country is a world leader in abortions per capita and allows surrogacy for profit to run rampant.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: gay; gaymarriage; homosexual; putin
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Whilst I am relieved that the institution of Marriage is going to be maintained in Russia(hopefully for a very long time) I have to echo the sentiment in this article that it is a shame when it comes to Russia's other issues as highlighted in the article like the guy who is running it.
1 posted on 07/02/2020 4:15:29 PM PDT by Ennis85
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I bet it was all one vote.


2 posted on 07/02/2020 4:16:56 PM PDT by SkyDancer (~ Pilots: Looking Down On People Since 1903 ~)
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I hear in Russia the liberals are yelling American interference.


3 posted on 07/02/2020 4:20:08 PM PDT by chuckb87
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Well at least Russia supports real marriage unlike America. Might explain why so many of our politicians hate them so much


4 posted on 07/02/2020 4:20:08 PM PDT by escapefromboston (Free Assange)
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Loved them when they were commies, loved them when Obama was transmitting bows to Vlad, now they hate them.


5 posted on 07/02/2020 4:21:54 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: Ennis85

5 Eyes becomes 5 Brown Eyes.


6 posted on 07/02/2020 4:21:54 PM PDT by Long Jon No Silver
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To: escapefromboston

Marriage is Marriage


7 posted on 07/02/2020 4:22:35 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: Ennis85

How ironic that Russia might be the best option once liberals finish destroying the United States.


8 posted on 07/02/2020 4:23:58 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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ban gay ‘marriage’

Bozhe khrani Putina!

9 posted on 07/02/2020 4:24:01 PM PDT by JonPreston
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To: Ennis85

Love to protect marriage at least


10 posted on 07/02/2020 4:28:08 PM PDT by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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there is only one marriage regardless if a judge or,a law says otherwise


11 posted on 07/02/2020 4:28:59 PM PDT by manc ( If they want so called marriage equality then they should support polygamy too.)
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Them Ruskies looove them some dictators.
12 posted on 07/02/2020 4:31:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: Ennis85

I really wish folks would stop using the word “gay” and insert “homosexual” itself. There is nothing gay about the homosexual lifestyle!


13 posted on 07/02/2020 4:31:25 PM PDT by ducttape45 ("Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people." Proverbs 14:34)
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Well crap... so much for liberals moving to Russia if Trump is re-elected


14 posted on 07/02/2020 4:33:03 PM PDT by Safrguns
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Putin definately still has popularity with the Russian people except those who want our deviante western values. Noteworthy is those in the US who say Putins not popular are often those who have personal beefs with him.


15 posted on 07/02/2020 4:38:38 PM PDT by caww
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Ennis85
Them Ruskies looove them some dictators.

And Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis don't?

16 posted on 07/02/2020 4:43:09 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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“Them Ruskies looove them some dictators.”

Like many places, Russia has never had democracy, the people are used to being ruled by a strongman/group of strongmen. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” is not a big thing for them - it’s a way of life.


17 posted on 07/02/2020 4:48:48 PM PDT by LouieFisk
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To: Ennis85

LGBTI. I’m getting confused with these letters. What happened to “Q”, and what does “I” stand for?

Thank you in advance.


18 posted on 07/02/2020 4:51:21 PM PDT by twoputt
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To: DouglasKC

Poland and a few other sane countries may work, too.


19 posted on 07/02/2020 4:52:08 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Caveat Emperor)
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“the ambassadors to Russia from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand issued a joint statement to ‘celebrate Pride Month by applauding LGBTI activists and their allies...’

Sorry to see the Anglosphere on the wrong side of this issue.


20 posted on 07/02/2020 4:52:13 PM PDT by River Hawk
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