Bulgarian Nationalists Propose Russian-Style Anti-Gay Law

Domestic | September 21, 2013, Saturday // 19:38|  views

Ataka leader Volen Siderov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka has tabled a legislative proposal incriminating public the display of homosexuality.

This was revealed Saturday, on the day of the 6th annual Sofia Pride LGBT parade.

According to Ataka's press release the gay pride is "an ugly phenomenon alien to Bulgaria's national traditions and morality" that is being held "under pressure from outside of the country."

The party's legislative proposal, formulated as an amendment to the Criminal Code, runs as follows:

"Whoever shall publicly manifest his or her, or someone's else homosexual orientation or belonging, via organizing and participating in rallies, marches or parades, or via mass media or internet, shall be punished with confinement in prison for 1-5 years and a fine of BGN 5,000-10,000."

A similar, though seemingly milder, "anti-gay propaganda" legal provision recently adopted in Russia has provoked much international controversy.

Saturday's Sofia Parade also took issue with the Russian legislation, with ralliers carrying a sign reading "To Russia with Love."

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