Russian lawmaker proposes bill to deny gay parents custody over their children

Alexei Zhuravlev

Alexei Zhuravlev

MOSCOW — A Russian lawmaker has proposed a bill that would deny gay parents custody over their children.

Alexei Zhuravlev

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.

The proposal comes in the wake of a recently enacted law banning homosexual “propaganda” that makes it illegal to expose minors to information that portrays “nontraditional sexual relations” as normal or attractive. Authors of the bill have justified it as a measure aimed at protecting children, and not suppressing the LGBT community.

Alexei Zhuravlev, the author of the child custody bill, referred to the earlier law and said that homosexual “propaganda” had to be banned not only in the public space “but also in the family.”

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