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Russia anti-gay crackdown: we’re getting ready to deliver the petition – including your name – directly to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland.

We’re finalising the plan now and hope to be outside their front door in 24 hours – but we urgently need to get to 300,000 signatures before the delivery.

If we deliver a petition rocketing past 300,000 names in person, it’ll show the Olympic Committee that the pressure is building for them to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.

We only need 14,985 more signatures to hit our target – can you help by sharing the petition on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest or Twitter?

Or forward this email and ask friends and family to sign it here:
https://www.allout.org/olympics

Russia will host the next Winter Olympics in less than 200 days. Thousands of us have already joined the call for the International Olympic Committee to speak out against the anti-gay laws.

If they do speak out, it will step up the pressure on President Putin to stop the crackdown before his prized Olympics is ruined by the controversy. It would be a huge step toward repealing the anti-gay law he recently passed.

If we get 300,000 names, it’ll help get the delivery of the petition – and our outcry – reported in newspapers and websites around the world. All of these news reports act like a giant megaphone, turning every individual signature on an online petition into a shout for action that’s heard around world.

Please take 2 minutes to ask more people to join in by sharing the petition on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest or Twitter?

Or forward this email to more people and ask them to sign here:
https://www.allout.org/olympics

Thanks for going All Out,

Andre, Guillaume, Hayley, Jeremy, Joe, Marie, Sara, Tile, and the rest of the All Out team.

SOURCES:

An Olympic Legend on Boycotts and Bigotry – New York Times, 29 June 2013
http://bruni.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/29/an-olympic-legend-on-boycotts-and-bigotry/?_r=1

Russia’s ‘majoritarian’ crackdown on minorities rolls on with new anti-gay law – Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2013
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2013/0701/Russia-s-majoritarian-crackdown-on-minorities-rolls-on-with-new-anti-gay-law

Russian anti-gay laws inspire Sochi Olympics, vodka boycotts – Associated Press, 29 July 2013
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/russian-anti-gay-laws-impact-olympics-vodka-sales-0

Shame on the IOC, NBC and foreign governments for turning a blind eye on Russia’s LGBT hate campaign – The Guardian, 29 July 2013
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/29/russia-war-on-gays-sochi-olympics

Matt Barber and Steve Crampton warns that Christians will be violently attacked by gays because gays are driven by perverted lust and a dark soul. Two Right Wing Watch.org talking on a you tube video about the life of the average homosexual. Thus, they think, is not controlled by reason but a perverted lust and passion that has overwhelmed them. The homosexuals are eventually consumed by this “lust-filled, sex-centric, perversion-centric lifestyle” and ultimately driven by a “dark soul” to commit violent behavior.

The Life Of The Average Homosexual

Since when are anyone’s sexual desires ruled by reason? No one has control over who they find attractive. How many happily married men still turn their head when an attractive woman walks by? Telling homosexuals they have to live a life of celibacy is pure hypocrisy. Homosexuality is not more fueled by lust that heterosexuality is. If you are married and love your wife, does that mean your relationship is evil and fueled by lust? No. Well, that’s what a relationship is for a lot of homosexuals too.

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What a great triumph today with the rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States regarding marriage equality. Let us take today to celebrate, but tomorrow our work continues.  As shown by another ruling from the court this week about the Voting Rights Act, nothing is safe.  As long as there are those whose bigotry demands unequal treatment because of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation or whatever other labels they use to segregate and discriminate, the work of those who seek justice and equality continues.  Yes, today we celebrate, but tomorrow we must continue the fight until each and every citizen, regardless of where they live, can enjoy the simple right and dignity of joining in marriage with the person they love.  There are 37 states remaining where same sex marriage is not allowed.  Our fight must continue until that number is zero.  But, oh, doesn’t it feel so good today?

Found on June 26th at whim’s world tumblr

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(Reuters/Aljazeera/WebProNews) – Gay pride is a dangerous thing to publicize in many parts of the world. Now those who want to do so in Russia will face heavy fines. A bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval Tuesday in Russia’s lower house of parliament.

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Controversial bills impose jail terms for promoting homosexual “propaganda” and for offending religious believers. If put into effect, the law would ban groups from handing out LGBT information and holding gay pride rallies.

Both President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church have come out in favor of the law. They both blame homosexuals for Russia’s declining birth rate, a degradation of values, and a general resistance towards authority.

Russia’s lower house passed the law on Tuesday banning gay “propaganda”, a measure that human rights groups say has already fuelled attacks on homosexuals as President Vladimir Putin pursues an increasingly conservative social agenda. Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, gay activists staged a kissing protest outside parliament but were outnumbered by several hundred supporters of the bill, some carrying religious icons.

The law bans the spreading of “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” to minors and sets heavy fines for violations. It passed with 436 votes in the 450-seat lower house, the Duma. None voting against, and only one – Ilya Ponomaryov – abstained from the vote.

“Traditional sexual relations are relations between a man and a woman, which … are a condition for the preservation and development of the multi-ethnic Russian people,” lawmaker Yelena Mizulina told the chamber.

“It is precisely these relations that need special protection by the state,” she said.

Critics say the bill – a nationwide version of laws already in place in several cities including Putin’s hometown of St Petersburg – would in effect ban all gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals.

“There is already enough pressure and violence against gays, and with this law it will only continue and probably get worse,” said Viktoria Malyasova, 18, standing outside the Duma.

“I may not be gay but I came to stand up for my rights and the rights of other people to love whom they want,” she said.

There are no official figures on anti-gay crime in Russia, but in an online poll last year, 15 percent of about 900 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender respondents said they had been physically attacked at least once in the previous 10 months.

Putin, who has embraced the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority and harnessed its influence as a source of political support, has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012.

The gay rights protesters outside the Duma on Tuesday were far outnumbered by around 200 anti-gay activists who surrounded them, chanting “Russia is not Sodom”, singing Orthodox Christian prayers, crossing themselves and throwing rotten eggs.

After scuffles in which one man was knocked to the ground and kicked by the anti-gay activists, police began detaining the gay protesters and bundling them into waiting buses.

Moscow police said about 20 people were detained.

Investigators say homophobia was the motive for the brutal murders of two men in the past month, one in eastern Russia and one in the southern city of Volgograd.

The 60-year-old president denies that there is discrimination against gays, but has criticized them for failing to increase Russia’s population, which has declined sharply since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The Duma passed another law on Tuesday that made the insulting of religious feelings a crime punishable by up to three years in prison – a measure proposed after last year’s Pussy Riot protest at a Moscow cathedral.

Two members of the feminist performance group are serving two-year jail sentences for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after a trial that drew international criticism.

Both bills still need the approval of the upper house, and Putin’s signature.

(Additional reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Kevin Liffey; Writing by Steve Gutterman and Thomas Grove; Editing by Kevin Liffey) 

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