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Putin's party launches a 'flag for straights’ to combat 'gay fever'

Because Russia.

THE MOSCOW CITY branch of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has caused controversy by launching a “flag for straights”.

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Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia, but a law was introduced in 2013 that bans gay “propaganda” that promotes “non-traditional sexual relations” among minors.

According to Russia Today, the flag was launched in response to the rainbow flag used by the LGBT movement. It was unveiled at a rally in Moscow to celebrate the country’s Day of Family, Love and Fidelity.

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The flag features a picture of a mother, father and three children – on blue, red or white (the colours of the Russian national flag). It also includes a hashtag that says ‘Real Family’ in Russian.

Aleksey Lisovenko, deputy head of United Russia in Moscow, told national newspaper Izvestia:

This is our answer to same-sex marriages, this mockery of the very concept of family. We must prevent gay fever in our country and support traditional values.

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The flag is very similar to one designed by Manif Pour Tous, a French organisation opposed to same-sex marriage.

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