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Putin ally: Gays are not suppressed

“It is extremely important to point out that it is just a trick to say that gays are suppressed – it is not true.”


Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a conference in Geneva.

Yakunin spoke extensively on his distaste for gays, the Global Post reports, stating “We should not rape nature because of ideological, political or individual preferences,” and promoting the “sanctity of motherhood.” He also stated that “socially responsible meda” shouldn’t seek to redefine he traditional family, calling it “an irresponsible manipulation of the most profound parts of the human nature.” When a Reuters reporter asked Yakunin if he was scared of gay people or marriage equality, he responded, “Practically, if Reuters, or yourself, will show me the man who gave birth to a child, then the question is obsolete.”

Image Credit: Юрий Головин / Wikimedia

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