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Campaign Against Russian Child-Protection Law Escalates on Eve of G-20 Summit

Contact: Don Feder, 508-405-1337, don@worldcongress.org; The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, 815-964-5819, media@worldcongress.org

ROCKFORD, Ill., Sept. 3, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Advocates are using the upcoming G-20 Summit, in St Petersburg (September 5-6) to attack Russia on a law adopted in June which prohibits advocacy aimed at promoting homosexual conduct to minors. The law passed the Duma by a vote of 388-to-1 and is supported by 86% of the Russian people.

On September 3, homosexual advocacy groups in a number of cities, including London, will demonstrate to urge their governments to confront the Russian Federation on a law designed to protect the health and morals of minors.

A London-based group is calling for a "Day of Action," to persuade British Prime Minister David Cameron to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit and demand repeal of the law. If the law stands, they are threatening a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs noted: "All the law does is to prohibit advocacy aimed at involving minors in a lifestyle that would imperil their physical and moral health.  Even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has shown that sexually transmitted diseases, drug use and suicide rates are significantly higher among what it discreetly calls a 'sexual minority.'  CDC data also demonstrates that there is much greater health risks among teenagers who practice homosexuality than those who do not engage in homosexual behavior."

Jacobs further observed that homosexual conduct has been legal in Russia since 1993. "The law at issue doesn't change the legality of homosexual relations between adults.  It simply states that adults can't try to corrupt children by encouraging sexual experimentation which could have life-threatening consequences."

World Congress of Families and a number of its Partners have signed a petition by the Spanish group Professionals for Ethics (Profesionales por la Etica), supporting the Russian law.   Click here for the list of 103 human rights organizations from 33 countries who have signed the petition: www.profesionalesetica.org/2013/09/103-entidades-de-33-paises-apoyan-a-rusia-en-la-proteccion-de-los-menores-frente-a-la-propaganda-de-contenido-homosexual-2/.

The World Congress of Families Demographic Summit -- the first international gathering of its kind -- was held in Moscow in 2011 and helped pass the first Russian laws restricting abortion in modern history.

World Congress of Families VIII will be held in Moscow, the Kremlin, September 10-12, 2014.  The theme is "Large Families: The Future of Humanity."  Visit www.worldcongress.org, for more information on the World Congress of Families.

To schedule an interview with Larry Jacobs, contact Don Feder at 508-405-1337 or dfeder@rcn.com.

What is the Howard Center and World Congress of Families? The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society (www.profam.org) is located in Rockford, Illinois and is an independent, non-profit research and education center that provides sound scholarship and effective strategies to affirm and defend the natural family, thus renewing a stable and free society.  The Howard Center is the publisher of the journal, "The Family In America" and is also the organizer of the World Congress of Families (WCF) project which is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and inter-faith people of goodwill from more than 80 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948).  The WCF was founded in 1997 by Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center.  To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families -- Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009).  World Congress of Families VI was held in Madrid, Spain in May 25-27, 2012.  World Congress of Families VII was held in Sydney, Australia, May 15-18, 2013, www.wcfsydney2013.org.au.  WCF VIII Moscow 2014 will be held September 10-12 in the Kremlin. www.worldcongress.ru.