Amsterdam will fly a rainbow flag when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the progressive Netherlands capital to protest an anti-gay Russian bill. PHOTO: theodoranian, Wikimedia Commons
Amsterdam will fly a rainbow flag when Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to visit the Netherlands capital on April 8th in protest of recent anti-gay legislation in Russia. A bill that passed the Russian State Duma 388-1 would make it illegal to promote homosexuality to young people. LGBT advocates say that the bill could be used to fine people for something as minor as kissing a same-sex partner in public or speaking favorably of LGBT relationships to young people.
A spokesperson for the Amsterdam City Council explained the protest:
“The [Amsterdam] College wishes to express its concern with the rainbow flag and the seven districts will ask to do the same. Amsterdam is committed to an open and tolerant city where everyone can be who he is. The flag stands for diversity and gay acceptance.”
It's great that gay rights issues are getting so much attention right now, because it is forcing people to reconcile with the fact that there is no valid, non-religious argument against gay marriage or homosexuality itself. If you want to be anti-gay, your loss, and if you want to your country to be anti-gay, you're basically stuck defending the merging of church and state. You won't be alone in that, but you also might find yourself yearning for the good ol' days of the 17th century when Gods law, filtered through a few rulers, was the law of the land.
Personally, I'm into the good new days, where the argument against homosexuality is withering under the exposure that it's getting.