homophobia / legislation / russia

Duma schedules debate on gay parental law

The Advocate is reporting today that the Russian government has scheduled a vote on a bill that would allow removal of children from the custody of their gay parents.

The bill, sponsored in the Duma by United Russia delegate Alexi Zhuravlyov, would classify homosexuality in the same group of “offenses” as alcoholism, abuse and domestic violence.

According to the Advocate, the proposed law will be considered in February, possibly coinciding with the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, already the subject of international concern due to the passage earlier this year of the “anti-gay propaganda” law.

Explaining his bill earlier this year, Zhuravlyov told the Russian online magazine Slon that: “It occurred to me that since we have a law explicitly prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors, the Family Code should be amended in such a way that that if a husband or a wife professes a non-traditional sexual orientation, they should be deprived of their parental rights,” Zhuravlyov said in an interview with Slon, according to Pink News.

In Early September, the Moscow Times named Zhuravlyov as one of the 7 top “villains” of the Russian gay rights movement.

In other news, it was announced today that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World. The group points to Putin’s contribution to averting international military intervention in Syria as one his contributions to world peace.

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