World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday took a first step to making the promotion of homosexuality a criminal offence punishable by prison.
"Certain media outlets, going against the interests of society and the state, are promoting a tolerant attitude towards things like sexual relations between people of the same sex," the law's authors said in an accompanying note.
"The spread of homosexuality constitutes a threat to national security as it leads to an HIV/AIDS epidemic and also destroys the institute of family and can trigger a demographic crisis."
If the law is enacted - something that would also require President Viktor Yanukovich to sign off on it - Ukraine's criminal code would be amended to punish anyone convicted of importing, producing or spreading works that promote homosexuality with jail terms of up to five years.
Oopinion polls suggest the law would be popular with voters ahead of an Oct.28 parliamentary election.
Homosexuality itself has been legal in Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union, of which it was part, in 1991.
But a 2011 poll conducted by the Gorshenin Institute, a local think tank, showed that 78 percent of Ukrainians viewed homosexuality negatively.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ekim 2012, 10:16