Target: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Goal: Lift ban on homosexuality and encourage a more accepting society
Recently, Vladimir Putin has put into effect several Russian laws that criminalize homosexuality and support of the gay community in Russia. Beyond banning adoption to gay couples in Russia, Putin has gone so far as to ban the adoption of Russian orphans to even gay couples abroad, denying these children loving and supportive homes out of discrimination and bias. There are even rumors that he plans to remove children from their homes if their parents are gay or lesbian.
Furthermore, Putin has criminalized homosexuality in general, signing a law that will allow police to arrest foreign nationals suspected of homosexuality. This comes just before the 2014 Winter Olympics, and indicates that visiting Olympians or their families and supporters could be arrested and detained for up to 14 days. This is an outrage to the international community.
The reasoning behind these laws is illogical and deeply insulting to the gay community, ranging from the low birth rate in Russia (despite the fact that homosexual couples are perfectly capable of adopting or breeding children and do so often), to the equating of homosexuals to pedophiles, a tired and infuriating stereotype that lumps homosexuality in with predation and abuse.
These Russian laws are terrifyingly broad. The international community is in danger of these frighteningly ill conceived and poorly researched decrees. As Russia prepares for the Winter Olympics, we must seize this moment in the international spotlight to highlight these grave injustices.
Please sign this petition to urge Vladimir Putin to lift his ban on homosexuality, and join the present era of human rights.
Dear Vladimir Putin,
Your criminalization of homosexuality in Russia is shameful. You have stolen potentially loving, supportive homes from Russian orphans and torn families apart. These laws encourage violence and unrest among your people: violence against homosexual members of society, and will be the catalyst for a revolution if you do not repeal them immediately.
You are holding your nation in the dark ages of human thought. The logic behind these decrees disintegrates under the lightest scientific scrutiny. You make yourself and the nation of Russia seem foolish and backwards.
End your war on human rights. Lift your ban on adoption for homosexual couples and end your criminalization of homosexuality. The world is watching.
[Your Name Here]
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