The post-soviet role of the State in anti-LGBT propaganda legislation

The Armenian Police Department retracted a draft law proposal banning “Propaganda” promoting non-traditional family relationships in Armenia a day after it had been proposed, citing the need to specify certain elements of the bill.

However, much like the NGO bill, the Yerevan beautification project and a host of other “brilliant”, yet far from original ideas, this one seems to be a calque from an identical bill passed in Russia recently. It is rumoured that the Armenian Police are rewriting the bill in order to specify what could be considered “non-traditional” sexual behaviour. We can expect the Armenian government to throroughly research the various sexual positions which will be considered legal and illegal.

The question thus arises, why is the government worried about its citizen’s sex lives?Are there not more important things for governments to legislate? Where does the role of government end? Today, more than ever, the quote “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation” remains relevant for the citizens of Armenia.

Aside from the obvious consequences of a useless bill in a country where LGBT rights are often regarded as a non-issue, especially considering the many pressing issues, why would such a bill be drafted at all? what do you think? The answer, however, remains clear: Good government = less government. 

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