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Siberian City Gives Decisive Thumbs Down to Anti Gay Legislation
 Less than 1% of Novokuznetsk favour banning same-sex relationships

 
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By Nikolai Baev

MOSCOW, March 13, 2011 (Gay Russia)    The people of a Siberian city are indifferent to any laws prohibiting gay relationships, a survey published this weekend has found.

Athena Marketing has conducted another study that asks residents in Novokuznetsk what laws they would like to see enacted.

And a law prohibiting homosexual relations among citizens attracted less than one percent of the vote.

Most respondents – 36% – indicated that they did not support any of the options, saying that it was difficult to answer.

However, ten percent of respondents said they would accept a law that brought-in capital punishment for murder, rape and paedophilia.  And the same percentage was in favour of new labour laws that addressed such issues as assistance for young people in the job market, a shorter working week and pay increases.

In third place was a law that would provide free medicine to citizens.

Less important, the survey found, were such issues as tougher penalties for environmental damage and corruption, especially among the activities of public officials.

In the findings, “gay relationships” were grouped in the “other” category, along with the preservation of the old names, the guarantee of freedom of speech and protection of animal rights. The “other”  category gained just one percent support.

Nikolai Alekseev, the head of GayRussia.Ru, said today that the poll findings were “interesting”, but cautioned that not too much should be read into them.

“Less than one percent of those polled saying that they would approve of legislation prohibiting gay relationships does not mean that 99% per cent approve,” he pointed out.

“But the findings are encouraging in the campaign for LGBT rights – and it’s a step in the right direction.”

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Posted: 13 March 2011 at 19:00 (UK time)

   
             
       

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