Russia's Constitutional Court upholds 'homosexual propoganda' law
The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has held that Article 6.21 of the Code of Administrative Offences, which prohibits ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships among minors’, is constitutionally compliant.
In a judgment dated 23 September 2014, the Court held that the propaganda law does not contravene the Constitution of the Russian Federation because:
- it is aimed at the protection of constitutionally significant values such as family and childhood;
- it is designed to prevent harm to the health of minors, including their moral and spiritual development;
- it does not interfere in the sphere of individual autonomy or self-determination, including in respect of sexual identity;
- it is not intended to prohibit or censure 'unconventional' sexual relationships;
- it does not prevent an impartial public debate on the legal status of sexual minorities, including the organisation of public events to achieve this.
The judgment will no doubt form a significant element in forthcoming considerations of the propaganda law by both the Committee of Ministers in their supervision of the execution of Alekseyev v Russia and by the European Court of Human Rights in future complaints.
The judgment is available here: