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Russia drafts bill to remove children from gay parents

Plans are being drawn up to put homosexuality as grounds for denying custody of a child, along with alcoholism, violence, and abuse
A Russian lawmaker is putting forward a bill to remove children from gay parents.

A Russia lawmaker has proposed a bill to remove children from gay parents.

Alekei Zhuravlev, the deputy of the Russian State Duma, has proposed amendments to the Family Code.

Under the new bill, having a ‘non-traditional sexual orientation’ will be a basis for denying custody to gay people.

Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity and abuse.

Zhuravlev, the author of the child custody bill, has said homosexual ‘propaganda’ must be banned not only in public spaces ‘but also in the family’.

In June, the State Duma voted unanimously in favor of the ‘gay propaganda’ federal law, ensuring no child learns gay people should be equal to heterosexuals.

Another law passed was a ban on the adoption of children by people – gay or straight – in countries allowing same-sex marriages.

Authors of the bill have justified the suppression of the LGBT community because it is ‘protecting children’.

Elena Mizulina, a sponsor of the federal propaganda bill, accused the West of ‘aggressively imposing’ its social conduct on Russia with its ‘fetishizing of human rights, including those of sexual minorities.’

Back in June, she told a Russian news channel parliament should consider removing children from same-sex couples’ homes as ‘there is a high chance that this child will imitate the behavior of his parents.’

Mikhail Degtyavov, a Duma member and candidate for Moscow mayor, is also reportedly drawing up plans for the government to fund ‘gay cure’ therapy.

It comes as President Vladimir Putin has said gay people are not discriminated against in Russia.

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