- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has unveiled a “straight pride” flag celebrating traditional families in response to the LGBT movement’s rainbow flag and “gay fever” sweeping the globe.

Alexey Lisovenko, deputy head of the United Russia branch in Moscow, unveiled the flag — depicting a man and a woman holding hands with three children — on Wednesday in an interview with national daily Izvestia, Newsweek reported.

The official unveiling took place later that night at a party rally in Moscow’s Sokolniki park on the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, an annual nationwide celebration.

“This is our reply to same-sex marriage, that corruption of the concept of family. We must to warn against gay fever in our country and support traditional values,” Mr. Lisovenko said.

While homosexuality is not illegal in Russia, Mr. Putin introduced a law in 2013 banning symbols that promote “non-traditional” values.

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