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CALL BORAT! – Kazakhstan Considering Copying Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

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Tengrinews.kz news is reporting that the country of Kazakhstan is considering following in Russia’s footsteps and putting a bill to ban “homosexual propaganda’ in that country.

MPs believe that Kazakhstan needs a law that would route out gay-clubs and ban LGBT community’s pride parades. Member of the Majilis (the Lower Chamber of the Parliament) Aldan Smaiyl reminded that he had brought up the issue back in spring 2013 when he had filed a request to the Prime-Minister calling to ban homosexuality ‘propaganda’. “I asked to ban gay-clubs, demonstrations and any and all of these disgusting relations. I received a reply that Kazakhstan had no such law (allowing to close the clubs),” the deputy said. The deputy plans to lobby adoption of the law after he gets back from the summer vacation in September. He says that his voters that he met during his working trips asked him to support the law. “I will raise this issue in the Social-Cultural Development Committee of the Majilis first, and then talk to the deputies. This should not continue the way they are now,” Smaiyl said.

Kazakhstan MP Murat Akhmadiyev believes that homosexuality ‘propaganda’ is not something that should even be put up for a discussion in Kazakhstan: “Ideally there should not even be any discussions about it, as homosexuality is a clearly unacceptable behavior. We have always said that our country is different, not like Europe,” the deputy said.According to Akhmadiyev, he will be in the first row to sign the draft law banning homosexuality ‘propaganda’ if the law is submitted to the Parliament. He believes Kazakhstan should remain firm and stand up for its principles and laws even in the international community criticizes its intolerance to the LGBT community.”

Remember this is a country that got upset when Sacha Baron Cohen portrayed them as a bunch of racist, gormless, anti-Semitic, bigoted throwbacks.  Perhaps Borat was a documentary and not a comedy.

 

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