As feared, lawmakers in Russia are considering denying custodial rights to gay parents.
The Associated Press reports: “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.”
According to Euronews, a Russian politician explained, “Following the letter of the law that forbids propaganda of non-traditional sex to minors we must restrict such propaganda not only in mass media but also the family.” He continued: “If one of the child’s parents indulges in sexual contact with persons of the same sex, the damage to the child’s psyche is immense, as a mother or father serves as an example for their offspring.”
In related news, a White House official has confirmed that President Obama will meet with LGBT-equality advocates when he visits Russia for a G-20 summit this week.