Russian lawmaker proposes bill to strip gay parents of custody rights

So-called gay "propaganda" must be banned in the family, says the bill's sponsor

Published September 5, 2013 12:38PM (EDT)

                 (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

A little more than 24 hours after Vladimir Putin insisted that Russia is not targeting LGBTQ people and stripping them of their basic rights, a Russian lawmaker has introduced yet another bill to target LGBTQ people and strip them of their basic rights.

The proposed bill would deny gay parents custody over their children, adding the “fact of nontraditional sexual orientation” to the list of reasons a parent can be denied custody.

Alexei Zhuravlev, the author of the bill, described the proposal as an extension of Russia's draconian anti-gay law, explaining that so-called "gay propaganda" needed to be banned not only in public “but also in the family.”


By Katie McDonough

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