A Russian bakery has been fined for a homophobic sign banning gay people.
The Ipakov Brothers bakery in the city of Kemerovo, in southwest Siberia, opened in February, upon which time it hung a wooden sign warning, “Faggots are not allowed,” The Moscow Times reports.
Co-owner Anton Ipatov told 360 TV the sign wasn’t discriminatory, because in his view gay people are abnormal and force “normal people” to change their lifestyle.
The Kemerovo central district court found Ipatov guilty of “inciting hatred” and fined him 10,000 rubles ($150). The court said the bigoted sign “humiliates homosexuals as…a group of people distinguished on the basis of sexual orientation.”
According to court documents, Ipatov claimed it was his right to put the sign up in his bakery because he makes “natural food,” and so everything “unnatural is alien to him.” He also suggested the presence of gay people could negatively impact his children.
In 2017, businessman and activist German Sterligov’s stores posted a similar message. Sterligov praised the Ipakov Brothers bakery, both for their products and their anti-gay stance.
Sterligov told 360 TV it is normal to dislike gay people, and that to do otherwise would encourage them to be themselves, which he sees as a problem for society.