Public coming-outs, that is, statements publicly celebrating one's homosexuality or transgenderism, are now being recognized as propaganda actions, and the bill to ban homosexual propaganda will partly return the idea of private life in society, which includes sexual behavior, said Vladimir Legoyda, Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate for the Relations of the Church with Society.
In October, the State Duma adopted in the first reading bills banning LGBT propaganda, as well as fines for it. The Russian Orthodox Church supported this legislative initiative. Later, the speaker of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin , allowed the appearance of amendments to the second reading, toughening the responsibility for LGBT propaganda.
"Coming-outs in today's public space have turned into propaganda campaigns, during which the 'progressive public' must support someone who, for some reason, has decided to put their sexual behavior in the public domain," Legoyda said.
In his opinion, the bill to ban LGBT propaganda can return the notion of private life in society.
“It seems to me that in recent times, society has practically lost the idea of private life, which includes sexual behavior. And it doesn’t matter whether it is heterosexual or homosexual. I think that the adopted law, at least to a certain extent, will return this idea," concluded the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Read the full text of the interview with Vladimir Legoyda (Russian)
Source: RIA News (Russian)