A new amendment proposed by a Federalist MP to a bill in Russia would see that all people with “dangerous diseases” including HIV be required to have their fingerprints entered into a national database.
The requirement would extend to foreigners visiting Russia in addition to citizens and residents.
The politician who created the amendment in question said that he came up with it as a way of keeping track of HIV-infected people who change their names and disappear from the state system. By his logic, this would be a win where public health issues are concerned.
Except it sure does sound a lot like right-wing American politicians calling for strict “voter I.D.” laws to curb voter fraud.
How big of a problem can HIV-infected people assuming false identities really be?
Much more likely is the government simply wanting to keep more data on its citizens – the more it knows, the more it can control (something we’ve heard plenty of lively debate on in the States since the NSA scandal).
This is especially clear since the bill it’s attached to would see to it that every Russian citizen be officially registered at their place of residence and undergo fingerprinting. The amendment simply calls for an additional health record database for diseases like HIV.
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On Monday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly and his guest contributors discussed the controversial resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over his $1000 donation to California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.
O’Reilly, for his part, thinks that the intimidation and fear tactics of gay activists have effectively silenced anyone with an opposing viewpoint on LGBT rights.
Equality Matters responds:
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Today, Family Research Council (FRC) and American Values released the results of a commissioned national survey conducted by Wilson Research Strategies showing that 82 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independents believe marriage "should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman." 74 percent strongly agreed with this statement.
The same survey found that the voters want their elected leaders to promote this view in public policy: 75 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters disagree that "politicians should support the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples." 67 percent strongly disagreed with this statement.
FRC President Tony Perkins made the following comments in response to the survey:
"Republican voters continue to resist the demands of cultural elites who want to see the party abandon the very core values that gave rise to American exceptionalism. The vast majority of the GOP base continues to believe that marriage is a non-negotiable plank of the national platform and want to see their elected officials uphold natural marriage as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage and promote in law.
"The results of this survey are no surprise especially considering what has taken place in recent months. Republican voters, like everyone else, have seen that redefining marriage is really about fundamentally altering all of society. Redefining marriage undermines our fundamental freedoms of speech and religion and in the case of the Mozilla CEO, even the ability to engage in the democratic process without the fear of losing one's livelihood."
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HEADMASTER, the biannual art magazine for man-lovers, is back with No. 6, featuring nine projects by artists from Providence, New York, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Vienna and Berlin. Novelist (and Amtrak residency inventor) Alexander Chee wrote a story inspired by the porn soundtrack work of Patrick Cowley, New York photographer/DJ Anthony DiCapua visited Brighton Beach with a bottle of Russian vodka, and Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Scott Smith repurposed text messages from a breakup for his project.
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A decision by an association representing Catholic-school teachers to send a delegation to WorldPride 2014 Parade in Toronto in June has drawn criticism from some church leaders and parents.
Cardinal Thomas Collins, the city's archbishop, called the Ontario English Teacher's Association's decision to participate "wrong," adding teachers who march "and the OECTA leadership have an inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith.”
Along with Cardinal Collins, a group called Parents as First Educators has started a petition calling on the union to change its plans.
"The concern with this is just that it’s further involvement of the schools in an official capacity with the promotion of ideals that run counter to the Catholic message on homosexuality,” Teresa Pierre, president of Parents as First Educators, said.
Read the rest HERE.
Completely heterosexual GOP Congressman Aaron Schock wanted to make sure you know how toned he is by posting this totally not posed or flexed photo of him surfing in Hawaii on his Instagram page today.
He seems pretty flexible, as we’d guess someone so used to ducking and dodging gay rumors should be.
Schock is undeniably handsome, but the abs were definitely more prominent in that notorious Men’s Health spread a few years back.
We’ll let you enjoy this, but looking at the pic makes us think of what the cover of his inevitable coming out memoir is going to look like.
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