A Russian man has sued Apple claiming that the tech giant led him to homosexuality and has asked for more than $15,000 in damages. A Moscow-based news portal reported the plaintiff claimed he was lured into a same-sex relationship after receiving 69 GayCoins on a cryptocurrency payment app on iPhone. The man, identified as D. Razumilov in court papers, said that he received GayCoins with a message instead of the BitCoins he had ordered on the app. The man interpreted the message, from an unknown sender, as “Don’t judge without trying”.
A Russian radio station published the complaint of Razumilov where he wrote, “I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it? And decided to try same-sex relationships.” According to the complaint, Razumilov was in homosexual relationship for two months and he was unable to get out of it. “I can say after the passage of two months that I’m mired in intimacy with a member of my own sex and can’t get out,” he wrote. Razumilov said that his life changed for the worse after receiving the message and he doesn’t know how to explain it to his parents.
Though Russia has decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, the Russian government brought a law in 2013 commonly known as ‘gay propaganda law’ or ‘anti-gay law’. The government said that the purpose of the law was to protect children from getting exposed to homosexuality. Some major Russian cities have thriving LGBT communities but there have been reports of violations of their rights in the country.
The ‘gay propaganda law’ received criticism from western countries claiming that it was an attempt to hamper the promotion of LGBT rights and culture in the country. The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch condemned the law. But the law has been able to garner support from the majority of Russian people and especially from Russian Orthodox Church.
(with inputs from Agencies)