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Kyrgyzstan Set To Ban "Gay Propaganda"

Via Radio Free Europe:
Kyrgyzstan's parliament has approved a draft law that bans "propaganda of same-sex relations" in the first reading. Lawmaker Kurmanbek Dyikanbaev told RFE/RL on October 15 that 79 deputies voted for the legislation, while seven voted against it. The law has to pass the parliament's approval in two more readings and then be signed by the president before coming into force. The bill calls for "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to be punished by up to one year in jail. It says journalists found guilty of "propagating" homosexual relations also will be held accountable. The bill bans the creation of groups that defend the rights of sexual minorities.
The local US embassy has denounced the bill. Kyrgyzstan has a population of 5.8M, is 80% Muslim, and is about the size of Nebraska. Independence from the former Soviet Union was gained in 1991.

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