November 24, 2012 10:14

Lawsuit against Madonna for promoting gay rights in Russia is dismissed

Judge threatened to ban journalists from court if they didn't stop laughing during trial...

Lawsuit against Madonna for promoting gay rights in Russia is dismissed

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The lawsuit filed against Madonna for promoting gay rights during the Russian leg of her 'MDNA' tour has been dismissed, according to reports.

In August of this year, it was reported that the singer had enraged some citizens by handing out pink anti-homophobia wristbands to crowd members during a show in St Petersburg and telling them to "fight for the right to be free". Her stunt was in response to a new regulation adopted in St Petersburg in March of this year, which saw the city's yearly gay pride parade banned as it promoted "gay lifestyles" and the "propagation of homosexuality" - both of which have now been outlawed.

A lawsuit was subsequently submitted by members of the Union of Russian Citizens, the People's Assembly and the New Great Russia party against the singer, with a lawyer for the group claiming that her actions caused "psychological stress and emotional shock" among the audience.

However, according to the Associated Press, the case has now been thrown out of court after a farcical trial during which the judge had to threaten to ban journalists from the room unless they stopped laughing.

During the trial, the plaintiffs argued that Madonna's stunt had been a "propaganda of perversion" and claimed that her actions would harm the country's birth-rate and erode its self-defence capabilities by depriving them of future soldiers. "Who will children grow up to be if they hear about the equal rights of the lesbian lobby and manly love with traditional sexual relations?" claimed one of the plaintiffs, Darya Dedova, during their testimony. "The death rate prevails over the birth rate in the West; young guys are becoming gender neutral.

"We aren't against homosexual people, but we are against the propaganda of perversion among minors," Dedova aded. "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." The plaintiffs also submitted articles about gay culture taken from website Wikipedia during the trial, and claimed they could have not used a real encyclopedia as it wouldn't contain articles about homsexuality.

Madonna chose not to attend the trial herself, and her publicist Liz Rosenberg has since confirmed that she will not be commenting on the court's decision.

The singer was recently named as the biggest-selling female singles artist in UK chart history. New data from the Official Charts Company showed that she has shifted over 17.8 million singles in the UK since releasing her first track, 'Holiday', in 1984.

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