Gay Issues

Russia Proposes New Legislation to Deny Child Custody to Gay Parents

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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The Russian State Duma is considering a bill that would deny gay parents custody of a child.

MP Aleksey Zhuravlev, who proposed the bill, says that gay propaganda should not only be banned from public spaces, “but also in the family.” Zhuravlev believes parents should hide same-sex relationships from children.

“The bill is for those whose families have broken up due to non-traditional contacts of one of the spouses, or parents who do not hide sexual relations with persons of the same sex,” Zhuravlev said.

The draft of the bill published on Parliament’s website Thursday states that the “fact of nontraditional sexual orientation” would become a basis for denial of child custody, just like alcoholism, drug use and abuse.

The authors of the bill claim they are not suppressing LGBT rights, but protecting children.

The explanatory memorandum attached to the bill states, “The assumption of one of the parents of a child sexual contact with persons of the same sex” can do “great harm” to a child’s mind.

Sources: Fox News, ThinkProgress