Russia has unveiled its answer to the rainbow gay pride flag by issuing a blue and white design depicting the outline of a straight couple and three children above the words ‘a real family’.
Presented as part of the annual Day of Family, Love and Fidelity celebrations earlier this week, the country’s ruling United Russia party called the flag ‘a response to same sex marriage’.
Andrei Lisovenko, deputy head of the United Russia branch in Moscow described gay marriage as a ‘mockery’ of the concept of family, adding: ‘We have to warn against gay-fever at home and support traditional values in our country.’
The ‘heterosexual pride’ flag was unveiled at Moscow’s Day of Family, Love and Fidelity festival – a celebration held across the country every July 8 since 2008.
As well as aggressively promoting the idea of the ‘traditional’ family, divorces are banned for the day in four Russian regions – Tula, Amur, Kaluga and Kurban – according to the Moscow Times.
The flag, which bears a striking resemblance to one used by an anti-gay marriage movement based in France, shows the white outline of a man and a woman holding hands with three children.
It indeed resembles Le Manif Pour Tous‘s flag, except with one more child than the French group’s, below:
The Moscow branch of President Vladimir Putin’s party announced the official introduction of the flag to mark the country’s annual Day of Family, Love and Fidelity. The group claims the flag is intended to honour the nuclear family and traditional Russian values.
The flag itself comes primarily in the colours of the Russian flag and features the silhouette of a man, woman and three children and bears the hashtag ‘RealFamily’ in Russian.
Deputy head of Moscow’s United Russia branch Andrey Lisovenko said the flag was not confrontational in any way.
“There is no confrontation here. We are speaking of the traditional family, you can see there are a lot of children here, many elderly, young people, people on bicycles and rollerblades. We mean the average, standard Russian family that is ours. As you saw illustrated in the logo – mother, father and three children,” said Lisovenko.
I’m not that knocked out by the design of the flag – I’d rather see something like interlinked male and female symbols, and no text – but I like the sentiment, and am glad to see Putin, once again, standing for something good, right, pure, and true. Can you imagine a ‘Day of Family, Love and Fidelity’ here in North America? Impossible; it’d be corrupted into a celebration of ‘all kinds of families’, i.e. single-mother ones, homosexual ones, etc. And banning frivorces for a day? Forget it! Not gonna happen in the postmodern West…