If Kazakhstani lawmaker Nurlan Abdirov gets his way his Central Asian nation will become one of the few in the world to ban sex between women alongside sex between men.
Lawmakers should strongly consider bringing people ‘to book’ for ‘lesbianism and other aspects of the sexual and gender sphere,’ Abdirov told a session of the lower house’s legal affairs committee, according to Tengri News.
Abdirov said Kazakh lawmakers intended to organize ‘special themed sessions and round tables’ around the issue.
Homosexuality has been legal in Kazakhstan since 1998 but in recent years there has been a darkening mood towards LGBTI people in the majority Muslim nation.
In October of last year Bakhytbek Smagul, a deputy in the Parliament of Kazakhstan, called for homosexuality to be banned - claiming that gay men will undermine the country’s ability to defend itself.
‘I believe it necessary not only to enhance the article 11 of the Family Code [listing those who are not allowed to marry], but also to develop a draft law eradicating same-sex relations, and close the nightclubs everywhere,’ Smagul told Kazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov during a plenary session in the Lower House.
‘Tell me, how will gay men be able to protect the borders of our country? How will they defend us? What will be their impact on the country’s demography?'
In August, Aldan Smaiyl, a member of the Lower House, filed a request for a Russian style ‘gay propaganda’ ban.
‘I asked to ban gay clubs, demonstrations and any and all of these disgusting relations,’ he said.
‘I received a reply that Kazakhstan had no such law.’