On July 8th, in response to the legalization of gay marriage in the United States, the “United Russia” political party introduced it’s own “Straight Flag” design. The flag illustrates a man, a woman and three children, holding hands.
Later, it turned out, that the flag design was “borrowed” from “La Manif Pour Tous”, the French non-profit organization, without their permission. According to experts, copyright infringement could cost 5 million rubles ($ 88,407).
In addition to the copyright scandal, the idea of “Straight Flag” fired up a strong reaction among the internet users in Russia. With the tag #NastoyaschayaSemya (#НастоящаяСемья), they created their own versions of the flag of family values.