Kazakhstan wants to ban gay 'propaganda'
Kazakhstan parliament wants to follow in Russia's footsteps and put through a bill banning homosexuality 'propaganda' in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports. 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. At the same time the MP believes that gays should not be infringed on their rights. He confirmed that there are many representatives of sexual minorities in Kazakhstan and said banning the same-sex relationships altogether would be inappropriate. But, in his opinion the further "spread of homosexually" in Kazakhstan should be harnessed and suppressed. Some time ago Director of Kazakhstan Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law Roza Akylbekova commented the presence of gay community in Kazakhstan. She said that there were representatives of sexual minorities even among Kazakhstan government officials, adding that this was fine with her as she treated gay people by what kind persons they were not by their sexual orientation. Recently Russia adopted a law prohibiting gay 'propaganda' among minors. The document provides for fines from 4 to 5 thousand rubles (around $150) for the offense. By Dmitriy Khegai