Though this Atlantic piece predictably mourns it, their report is encouraging to us reactionaries.
Naturally, the ‘progressive’ writer is paranoid in his description of Russia’s new laws:
In Russia, you can get punished for telling a child this sentence: “Gay people exist.” If Russian officials wanted, they could probably find a way to punish me for writing that on the Internet—that’s how far and wide their anti-gay “propaganda” laws go.
Yeah, right, whatever. But anyway, apparently lawmakers in Kazakhstan are looking to enact similar legislation to that which Russia has enacted:
In Kazakhstan, there are already murmurs of a Kazakh version of this legislation being enacted. On Monday, Aldan Smaiyl, a member of the Majilis (the Lower Chamber of the Parliament), announced that he plans to propose a similar measure in September, when the Majilis returns from summer recess, Tengri News, an English news site in Kazakhstan, reported. Another Kazakhstan MP, one Murat Akhmadiyev said he would support that law.
These anti-gay propaganda laws aren’t exactly new. “I asked to ban gay-clubs, demonstrations and any and all of these disgusting relations,” Smaiyl said, referring to a request he made to Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov this past spring. “This should not continue the way they are now,” he added.
As the article notes, Kazakhstan is heavily influenced by the actions of its neighbour, Russia. And with good reason, which the writer didn’t bother to go into: a significant portion of the population of Kazakhstan is Russian, and the rest are mostly ethnic Kazakhs, who, being Muslims, aren’t likely to wish to follow Western trends, either (though admittedly that isn’t always the case).
Anyway, go Kazakhstan! (See, we’re about good news here, too! 😉 )