Ray of Light: Madonna Russian Lawsuit Dismissed

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Back in February, in St. Petersburg, Russia-you know, that city founded by Peter the Great-local lawmakers approved legislation making it a crime to promote homosexuality to minors.

Back in the USA, that “Like a Virgin” pop icon Madonna got on Facebook and snapped nyet to the law. This summer, she performed in St. Petersburg in a concert drawing, according to The Associated Press, fans as young as 12. While on stage, she defended gay rights.

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Saying nyet to that, the Trade Union of Russian Citizens filed a 333 million-ruble ($10.7 million) lawsuit against our “Vogue” vixen for allegedly exposing Russian youth to “homosexual propaganda.”

During testimony Thursday, one of the plaintiffs, Darya Dedova, said, “We aren’t against homosexual people, but we are against the propaganda of perversion among minors. We want to defend the values of a traditional family, which are currently in crisis in this country. Madonna violated our laws and she should be punished.”

Like a prayer, on our Thanksgiving Day, the Moskovsky district court banished the lawsuit, despite its contention that Madonna’s statements would dwindle Russia’s birthrate and the nation’s defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers.

“Madonna did not attend the trial, and her publicist Liz Rosenberg said Thursday the star wouldn’t comment about it,” AP said.

Meanwhile, according to Pink News, which calls itself Europe’s largest gay news service, “regional lawmakers in Moscow rejected implementing a homophobic censorship law similar to St Petersburg’s.”