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Madonna sued in Russia for supporting gays

By Associated Press


MOSCOW >> Some Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg.

Anti-gay sentiment is strong in Russia. In St. Petersburg, a law passed in February makes it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors, and the author of that law has pointed to the presence of children as young as 12 at Madonna's concert on Aug. 9.

Russian news agencies quote Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the nine activists, as saying the suit was filed Friday against Madonna, the organizer of her concert, and the hall where it was held, asking for damages totaling 333 million rubles, or nearly $10.5 million.

Responding to criticism that the plaintiffs were stuck in the Middle Ages, the lawyer said they were using civilized, modern methods to defend their rights. "No one is burning anyone at the stake or carrying out an Inquisition," Pochuyev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. "Modern civilization requires tolerance and respect for different values."

The complaint includes a video taken at the concert showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience, the new agency reported.

Madonna also has angered conservative Russians with her support for Pussy Riot. Three members of the punk band were sentenced Friday to two years in prison for a protest inside Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin and his cozy relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Madonna spoke out in support of the group during her concert in St. Petersburg and two days earlier in Moscow. After the verdict was issued, Madonna called on "all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment."

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1local wrote:
The USA has done so much to lower the moral standards and practices of the world.
on August 19,2012 | 06:38AM
cojef wrote:
Don't request aid from the US Government! Your statement is private and US taxpayers should not have to support your private views.
on August 19,2012 | 07:41AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
And I suppose that YOUR views should be supported by the US taxpayers? Although I don't like the statement made by 1local, he has every RIGHT to state his views just as YOU and I do. This is the USA, right? Not Russia. You seem to speak like you are Russia in this case.
on August 19,2012 | 11:23AM
cojef wrote:
My last sentence says it all. You seems to have a difficulty to comprehend it. It means it applie to my post.
on August 19,2012 | 03:46PM
Workingrl wrote:
and just how is promoting tolerance for all an example of lowering of moral standards? I applaud Madonna for standing up for peoples' sexual orientation.
on August 19,2012 | 07:43AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I agree. It seems just the other way around. Denying other human beings of their right to dignity and equal rights is actually immoral in itself. Don't you think? Our founding fathers formed our country on the basis of equality, that no religion should decide your rights to equality. That is the reason why we have separation of State and Religion. To allow a religion to decide the rights of others, who have nothing directly to do with them to begin with, is simply wrong. The same mentality was used to disallow blacks and women to vote not too long ago. The more things change, the more things remain the same.
on August 19,2012 | 11:27AM
poidragon wrote:
Boy, someone sure has a skewed translation of how the founding fathers started this country! Better go back and re-read the history texts, you might be surprised to learn, how the country was started, was not so altruistic as you seem to think!
on August 19,2012 | 03:48PM
stanislous wrote:
Next thing you know they will be sewing Obama...
on August 19,2012 | 01:21PM
poidragon wrote:
this would only happen in Russia! Can't believe that their courts would allow such lawsuits to be filed, this is the epitome of 'a frivolous lawsuit!' These idiots brought the concert tickets, knowing what Madonna's music is about and now they contend that her gay activist support is detrimental somehow? If you don't like what Madonna supports, don't buy her concert tickets!!
on August 19,2012 | 03:45PM
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