As if the appalling law against “homosexual propaganda” — defined as merely acknowledging that one is gay in public — isn’t bad enough, a new law has been proposed in the Russian Duma that would take custody away from any parent who comes out as gay.
A new bill proposed in the Russian State Duma confirms that the country is specifically targeting LGBT people for oppression under its laws. The new legislation, proposed by MP Aleksey Zhuravlev, deputy of the Duma, would use a parent’s sexuality as grounds to deny child custody.
If an opposite-sex couple had children, but then one spouse came out as gay and they separated, that parent could be denied custody under this bill just for having a “non-traditional sexual orientation.” It similarly would deny custody on the grounds of alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity, and abuse.
According to Zhuravlev, it’s not just enough to ban “gay propaganda” in public spaces, “but also in the family” because it can do “great harm” to the child’s mind.
But don’t worry, Putin listens to Tchaikovsky and he might have been gay so Russia is totally equal and stuff.