Continuing this piece from VZGLIAD concerning the case of two young men who tied the knot in Copenhagen, then sought to have their same-sex marriage re-registered in Russia. Which ended in un-success and scandal — ooops! — that should have been a spoiler alert!
Yesterday we laid the foundation to this story by discussing the legal status of homosexuals in Russia. Their status resembles, more or less, the status of gays in the United States in, say the 1980’s — well, not sure about the exact timeframe, but, say, a time before there were laws accepting of same-sex civil unions; in other words, Russian gays do okay if they stay in the closet or at least don’t act out flamboyantly. It’s not like Saudi Arabia: They won’t be dragged down the street and stoned to death. Two men can rent a flat and live together, they can even have cats together (but not adopt human children), and whatever sex acts they perform in private (such as sodomy or fellatio or kissing on the mouth) are not illegal per se, so they don’t need to worry about a cop busting into their bedroom. The only thing that differs from the West is there is no such thing as a civil union or the type of legal protections that married couples enjoy. Like, in relation to property rights, inheritance, visitation rights, and that sort of thing.
In the recent 2 or 3 decades, the U.S. and Europe went beyond such simple rights and even beyond civil unions, and instituted actual Gay Marriage. Westies then morphed into militant cultural missionaries, insisting that Russia must follow suit and adopt similar legislation tout suite; and if they don’t, they’re a rotten medieval egg. They apparently forgot that old saying: “He who sets out as a missionary may end up in the cooking pot!”
The fact that the U.S. does not push its liberal sexual agenda onto its geo-political allies such as Saudi Arabia reveals the utter hypocrisy behind this campaign. Russians are not stupid, they realize that the sanctimonious barbs are directed only at them, as the geo-political foe. The anti-Russian furor surrounding the (2014) Sochi Olympics proved once again, that the Westies will use literally any issue, however culturally sensitive, to destroy Russia’s image on the world stage.
The predictable result: As an “astro-turf” campaign imposed from above, as distinguished from a native, organic “grass-roots” type movement, the Gay Rights movement in Russia has failed miserably. Instead of the Russian people “waking up” and accepting homosexuality as normal — a backlash ensued. Opinion polls show that Russians in their vast majority continue to disdain homosexuality, as before; but in recent years that disdain has morphed into actual hatred. Male homosexuals used to be regarded merely as degenerate individuals who might possibly be a danger to children. Now they are regarded as degenerates who are dangerous to children and also happen to work for the foreign enemy.
The failure of the Gay Rights movement in Russia is a defeat for actual Russian gay people who hoped to achieve more acceptance within their own society. It is a twisted success for Western elites who don’t actually give a fig about Russian gays, but were simply using them to score propaganda points against an old enemy.
Seeking A Loophole
So, the peppered incident began this past Thursday (January 25), when Russia media began to report sensationalistic news from one of the so-called Multi-Functional Centers in Moscow — these are places where various civil services are handled, including marriage licenses — that a marriage was registered between two male Russian citizens. The two males in question being Evgeny Voitsekhovsky and Pavel Stotsko. (Pavel is the one with the goatee.)
Russia media reported that their passports had been stamped with an indication that their marriage was registered in Copenhagen, Denmark, on January 4.
According to Stotsko, he and Evgeny thought up the idea of going to Denmark to get married, and then seeing if they could use a loophole to legalize their marriage when they got back to Russia. At the Multi-Functional Center they presented the documents proving their marital status, along with notarized translations. Within ten minutes the functionary stamped their passports, confirming their marital state. It was a crazy plan, but it worked like a charm!
BREAKING NEWS: That Moscow functionary who stamped their passports has subsequently been fired from his job…
[to be continued]