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Russia lawmakers propose banning trans people from marrying

New bill would close loophole that allowed trans woman to wed her girlfriend

Russia lawmakers propose banning trans people from marrying

Russian lawmakers Tuesday (12 May) introduced a bill to ban transgender people from getting married.

Gay marriage is already banned in the country. But the proposed amendment to the family code would prohibit marriage between ‘persons of the same gender (as identified at birth), including in cases of gender change, either before the marriage or at the moment of marriage.’

The legislation would close to a loophole that allowed a transgender woman to marry her girlfriend in St Petersburg in November, and caused embarrassment for authorities.

Irina Shumilova presented as male when she registered her marriage to Alyona Fursova.

By the time of her wedding, Shumilova, who is still legally male, had progressed a lot further in her transition. When two women arrived at the registry, shocked officials had no choice but to perform the ceremony as the marriage had already been approved.

The bill was sponsored by three MPs – Aleksey Zhuravlyov, Dmitry Gorovtsov and Anatloy Greshnevikov — who argued that the measure is necessary to protect traditional family values.

‘Registering marriages between such individuals will lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage, which is not allowed in Russia,’ it reads.

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