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Bill Proposed to Deny Gay Parents Custody in Russia

Thursday Sep 5, 2013

MOSCOW -- A Russian lawmaker has proposed a bill that would deny gay parents custody over their children.

The draft bill, published on parliament's website on Thursday, would make the "fact of nontraditional sexual orientation" a basis for denying custody. Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, and abuse.

The proposal comes in the wake of a bill banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors. Authors of the bill have justified it as a measure aimed at protecting children, and not suppressing the LGBT community.

Alexei Zhuravlev, the author of the bill, referred to the earlier law and said that homosexual "propaganda" had to be banned not only in the public space "but also in the family."

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  • Wayne M., 2013-09-05 21:31:49

    You can be sure that step by step, one assault on the rights of LGBT persons after another will be enacted until our Russian LGBT sisters and brothers are criminalized. Please, if you have not already done so, write to the Russian embassy in your country and protest the recent law. Send copies to the Secretary of State (U.S.A.) or Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada).

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