Madonna faces court over gay rights row

Madonna Madonna will appear in court to defend allegations that she encouraged gay sex between minors during a gig in Saint Petersburg. The 'Material Girl' singer has been hit by a lawsuit from a group of Russian activists that orders her to defend the comments she made during a show in August when she urged the crowd to support gay rights. Nine members of the Trade Union of Russian Citizens are accusing her of blasphemy and damaging the cultural foundations of Saint Petersburg. Darya Dedova, a Union spokesperson, said: "She insulted believers' feelings, she promoted homosexuality when there were children at the concert and this is forbidden in Saint Petersburg. We, the residents of the cultural capital, suffered a colossal moral damage." Madonna caused the controversy when she asked the crowd to raise their hands while wearing pink bracelets she handed out in support of gay rights. However, a law passed last March makes promoting homosexuality illegal in the Russian city, and the activists have taken offense that children as young as 12 were at the concert. Madonna reportedly asked the crowd to: "Show your love and appreciation to the gay community. We want to fight for the right to be free." Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, also weighed in on the row, tweeting: "With age, every former s**t tries to lecture everyone on morality. Either take off your cross, or put on your knickers." The 54-year-old singer is yet to appear in court - the first hearing took place on October 11, but it was postponed until October 25 because they reportedly didn't know Madonna's address to notify her.

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  1. mitch • October 19, 2012 @ 6:19 PM

    I have a feeling Madonna will show up in court around the time the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

  2. C-Dub • October 20, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

    lol good call Mitch.
    Really tho, we are subject to the laws of each city and country we go to. Ignorance is no excuse. BUT that being said, making homosexuality illegal is barbaric. Seriously, I am not gay but I’m not blind that it’s not a choice, it’s a feeling. It’s intrinsic. It’s inside you just like being hetero. Wow.

  3. anna • October 20, 2012 @ 7:47 PM

    How is anyone to know all the laws of a state that u pass by. She was just outspoken. How can there be a law that forbids u to be outspoken about anything. Is there a sign that says “not allowed to promote homosexuality or preach” as there are signs for picking up dog poop. That country is brainwashing their children, making them believe that they have the freedom to choose but in fact they don’t.

  4. Yammer • October 21, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    C-dub and anna welcome to the real WORLD!! We have freedom in Canada to be outspoken there are other countries with other ways of thinking and living. No one would have cared had she said these things in Toronto but there are completely different ways of thinking elsewhere. Another point is ignorance of the law is not a defence. Madonna should realize where she is which she probably did to stir up controversy she was been doing that for years. Makes up for lack of talent.

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