Thirteen years ago, Russia’s democratically elected leaders made the right choice by decriminalizing homosexual love. In doing so, they advanced into the front ranks of modern, progressive, open societies.It's a lesson we all should take heed of.
The debate over whether to allow a Gay Pride parade in Moscow is a proxy for the much wider debate about whether Russia will choose to be counted among the nations known for creativity in technology, science, art, culture and wealth, or among those known for insularity, prejudice, poverty, and backwardness.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Moscow's Pride and prejudice
Tom Palmer (of the Cato Institute) wrote this Op-Ed appearing in the Washington Blade about Russia and the on-again, off-again Moscow Gay Pride Parade. It's about the relationship between diversity and tolerance on the one hand, and economic success and civil society on the other.