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    Posted February 10, 2014 by
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    Same-sex Love Exists Since the World Was Created and Why Do Some People Still Have a Problem With It?

     
    The recently approved law in Russia makes it illegal to suggest that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships. Surely they are different like all kinds of love. If one type of love is to blame, then why can't it be the other way around?


    It's 2014. It is hard to believe that there are people who don't understand it, people who fight against it, people who abuse, people who get away with crimes because of same-sex relationships. Aren't there bigger issues in our world then picking on someone else's private life? Who people love and what people do with them is not our business. How long would it take until everybody is free to show affection to whoever they please, how long until those people feel free to be themselves? Another 2000 years? Hopefully.

    Referring to the Bible for answers is controversial and everybody can find different truths in it. Whether the love between two men like the one of David and Jonathan was a romantic love, or a brother-like love, we wouldn't know. "(...the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul"). We don't need to know what love that was - how does that affect us? It doesn't, the same way it doesn't affect us if our colleague, neighbour or stranger in the street is gay either.

    The recent law in Russia that makes it illegal to equate straight and gay relationships and to distribute gay rights material has been the main pre-Olympics topic, rising the endless equality battle of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. But the battle has a price:The new law sets administrative fines for LGBT propaganda at 4,000 to 5,000 rubles for individuals (about $120 - $150 U.S. dollars) and up to 800,000 to 1 million rubles for NGOs, corporations or other legal entities (about $24,000 - $30,000 U.S. dollars).  More severe administrative fines are allowed for propaganda transmitted via the Internet or other media networks or by a foreign citizen. Foreigners are also subject to 15 days of prison and deportation from Russia. Somehow, the deportation from a homophobic country doesn't seem like a bad idea after all.

    A couple of home-made videos abusing gay individuals in Russia leaked on the internet, shocking and awakening citizens of the world who care about justice. The victim in one of those videos, Gleb Latnik, was brutally beaten up because of his sexual orientation, and told by the police that what had happened to him was “normal, because he is gay”.

    Russia is not the only country supporting the anti-gay law. Earlier this year Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which provides penalties of up to 14 years in jail for a gay marriage and up to 10 years' imprisonment for membership or encouragement of gay clubs, societies and organisations.

    I try to imagine if things were the other way around and heterosexual people were beaten up and had no rights to protect themselves, what then? The world would come to an end sooner than we we'd expect. If that's the way forward, go on, abuse us, deport us, lock us in.

    Just remember one thing before saying that love is a crime: Love is the reason you are alive.

    Written by Ella Valentine
    @_EllaValentine

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