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Trump-backed Senate candidate has praised Russia’s gay propaganda law

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A Republican candidate for the US Senate has praised Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Roy Moore has been picked as the Republican candidate ahead of a special election for the US Senate seat vacated by Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Despite a string of controversies surrounding his abhorrent views about LGBT rights, Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Moore, who will go head-to-head with Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

It emerged today that Moore has praised the so-called ‘gay propaganda’ law in Russia, which outlaws speech relating to LGBT rights.

The law has been criticised by human rights bodies as an abuse of power and a brazen attack on free speech, but apparently that’s fine with Moore.

CNN’s K-File found that Moore’s political Facebook page had shared a 2015 article by anti-LGBT website Barbwire titled ‘Conservative Russians Give Moral Lesson to Facebook’s Homosexual Propaganda’.

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The article addressed Russian efforts to ban a Facebook ‘Pride’ profile picture filter in the country under the gay ‘propaganda’ law.

It lavished praise on the country for its “strong stance in defense of traditional family values” by passing “what is commonly referred to as the law against gay propaganda” to jail “insolent demonstrators”.

Elsewhere on his Facebook page, Moore criticised local officials for permitting Pride parades to take place, and shared posts claiming that gay people have fabricated all instances of homophobic hate crimes.

Moore is on-record previously saying that “homosexual conduct should be illegal” and compared it to bestiality.

But Trump, who has tweeted his support for Moore, has consistently dismissed fears about the candidate’s homophobic views.

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