Russia To Consider Taking Children From Gay Parents

Posted by MK on Sep 5, 2013 @ 11:12 am
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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.

I’ll be posting updates here and on this site’s Latest News Page as more details emerge. [October Update: The legislation is on hold, though it hasn’t been abandoned.]

MK

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