WSCF-E calls on Russian Parliament to reject Anti-LGBT bill 6.13.1

January 21st, 2013 1:35 pm

The World Student Christian Federation in Europe wishes to pronounce its strong and unambiguous protest against legislative plans discussed in Russia at the moment to criminalise the self-expression and fundamental human freedom of sexual minorities, especially homosexual people.

 

The article 6.13.1 of the Code of Administrative Offences banning “Propaganda of homosexualism among minors” currently debated in the Russian Parliament amounts to a violation of the basic human dignity of sexual minorities in the country and its passage would irretrievably undermine the claim of the Russian Federation to being an integrative and diverse state.

As Christians, we firmly believe that all human beings, irrespective of their standing in man-made social, cultural, political and gender value systems and hierarchies, are created in the image and likeness of God. It is the basic human dignity that derives from this and that includes the right to personal self-realisation, also in the relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, that we as the WSCF-E feel called to vigorously defend in the face of the discriminatory legislation currently considered in the Russian parliament.

We stand in solidarity with all groups and individuals in Russia bravely speaking out against this legislative proposal. We make our heartfelt appeal to the Church in Russia to raise its voice to support efforts for equal human and civil rights of sexual minorities in the country. We do not see this as a matter of theological controversy, but as a duty of Christians to support our oppressed and excluded brothers and sisters to which our discipleship in following Jesus Christ, who consistently challenged social exclusion of any kind, calls us.

Therefore we urge the members of the Russian Duma to reconsider their stance towards this legislation and to reject it. We pray that mutual understanding and openness in Russian society will further grow and that the conviction takes hold that the rights and the freedom of the people are manifest in the dignity of social minorities along all the different lines. And we pray that the strength of the resolve that we find in our protest against this unjust legislation will help us to also speak out against other instances of discrimination and social exclusion, happening in all European countries and worldwide.

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