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Duma Rejects Anti-Gay Bill

Moscow Times, June 15, 2004
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The State Duma refused on Friday to consider a bill banning alcoholics, homosexuals and pedophiles from holding seats in parliament.

The bill, submitted by the Kursk regionís legislative assembly, would have required newly elected deputies to undergo physical and psychological examinations to make sure they were fit for office.

The bill was sponsored in parliament by Alexander Volkov, a Duma deputy from Kursk.

Even before Friday a number of deputies had slammed the legislation as unconstitutional, saying it failed to uphold the right of citizens to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The bill, which was submitted last year, is dead after the Duma refused to consider it in a first reading Friday.

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