I think you misread the article so I'll help you out. Pay close attention to the bolded parts.
"Eight states limit speech about homosexuality in ways similar to, though not as far-reaching as
, the Russian ban that has received international criticism ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The states have so-called ”no promo homo” bans—prohibitions on classroom instruction
that promotes homosexuality. In a Washington Post opinion piece last week, a pair of Yale University law professors reviewed some of those laws:
It is Utah that prohibits “the advocacy of homosexuality.” Arizona prohibits portrayals of homosexuality as a “positive alternative life-style” and has legislatively determined that it is inappropriate to even suggest to children that there are “safe methods of homosexual sex.” Alabama and Texas mandate that sex-education classes emphasize that homosexuality is “not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.” Moreover, the Alabama and Texas statutes mandate that children be taught that “homosexual conduct is a criminal offense” even though criminalizing private, consensual homosexual conduct has been unconstitutional since 2003.
While I don't agree with an anti homosexual agenda, I can understand why it could
be prohibited from teaching it in school. Many schools still refuse to teach safe sex (which is also ridiculous). I think that if you're going to teach sex ed you gotta teach it all.
Now for Mr Putin's laws:
"Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors," thus opening a new, dark chapter in the history of gay rights in Russia. The law caps a period of ferocious activities by the Russian government aimed at limiting the rights of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.
The violations of fundamental, constitutionally protected rights of Russia’s gay citizens have included multiple bans on gay pride parades in Moscow and other cities, hefty fines to gay rights groups accused of acting as a “foreign agent,” denial of registration to nongovernmental organizations, and regional laws banning the propaganda of homosexuality to minors,
which served as a basis for the federal law enacted by Mr. Putin and unanimously passed by the State Duma."
The laws span far beyond the classroom. It has been taken to the street where gay people are being beaten for looking gay. Yes, it happens here in the US too but it's illegal here . The new law can be used against gay people for projecting a gay look.