An interactive memorial to late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs in St. Petersburg, Russia, was demolished after Apple’s current CEO announced he is gay.
ZEFS, the group of companies that erected the statue said: “In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law.
“After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values.”
Russia’s law that prohibits the spread of gay propaganda was introduced last year and aims to stop young people being exposed to homosexuality.
Because the memorial was placed outside a university, Maxim Dolgopolov, the head of ZEFS asked for it to be taken down, saying he supported the protection of traditional values by law.
“Sin should not become the norm. There is nothing to do in Russia for those who intend to violate our laws,” he said.
There have also been calls for Cook to be banned from entering Russia, led by Vitaly Milonov, a St Petersburg legislator and campaigner against gay rights.
Cook announced his sexuality last week in an article on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wanted to push forward civil rights, arguing that if by coming out as gay he can help young people come to terms with who they are, then that is a good thing.
“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realise how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” he wrote in the column.