A new Russian propaganda video, supporting the country’s anti-gay legislation, says that gays and lesbians who become parents do so in order to rape their own children.
The video appeared on YouTube last week, but was taken down at the request of a Spanish gay parenting advocacy organization who claimed that its own material was used in the video without permission.
The Russian parliament is currently considering a bill that would require the state to remove the children of gay parents from their homes and place them in orphanages. The video would appear to be designed to support that proposed law.
"Of course [a lesbian parent] should definitely be deprived of her rights to the child," the author of the bill, lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlev, said. "Homosexuals must not raise children. They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this."
The video claims to support its assertions with data from a controversial study by an American sociologist which concluded that children of gay parents are worse off than those of heterosexual couples. That study, by University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus has been widely criticized for allegedly slipshod methodology and data that does not back up the study’s main conclusions.
Nonetheless, the video claims that one-third of gay parenting couples commit rape against their own children and falsely cites the Regnerus study to support the claim. The study says no such thing.
At a meeting of European leaders last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) said that society views gay rape less harshly than heterosexual rape.
His remark came in the context of a “joke” about former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who recently faced accusations of statutory rape, saying that Berlusconi was being condemned because his alleged sexual misdeeds were againt women.