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Bill to deny LGBT parents custody of their children advances in Russian parliament

Thursday, October 10, 2013

MOSCOW — A bill that would strip same-sex couples and LGBT individuals of custody of their children has advanced in the Russian parliament.

The bill’s language states says that government officials will be able to remove children from homes of parents if they practice “non-traditional sexual relations,” the term used in Russian laws to describe relationships between people of the same gender.

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LGBT rights advocates protest Russia’s anti-gay laws at a rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, earlier this year.

The bill, an amendment to the Russian Federal Family Code, also cited other grounds — including alcoholism, drug use, and abuse — as basis for removal from custody.

A spokesperson for the Russian Duma confirmed that the debate over the measure, published on the website of the Duma’s Lower House of Deputies (Parliament) would likely be scheduled for debate in February, which would coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

A legislative note on the website explaining the bill indicated that the measure was “in-line” with the current “gay propaganda” law.

That law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in June, has already been a flash-point with gay rights activists and their allies around the globe, spurring demonstrations protesting the treatment of LGBT people in Russia, and prompting calls for a boycott of the Winter games.

Putin has also signed companion legislation that banned the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples in other nations or by couples from nations who permit same-sex marriage.

Innokenty ‘Kes’ Grekov, the Russian coordinator with the New York-based Human Rights First, a global Human Rights advocacy group, told LGBTQ Nation on Thursday that the custody bill is “yet another case of removal of freedoms for Russian LGBTQI people.”

“But while this bill is on the docket, it still has many different places within the Duma to go before it reaches debate,” he said. “So, chances are there to stop bill. However, this bill is also in the same committee where the (gay) propaganda bill originated.”

Grekov noted that a recent ruling by the Ryazan Oblast (Regional) court last month that dismissed an administrative charge against a lesbian activist under a regional “gay propaganda” law, may in fact give LGBTQI Russians hope for legal space and he expressed optimism that international protest may affect the bill’s fate.

Alexei Zhuravlev, the bill’s author and chief sponsor, said his measure is designed to protect children from “thieves, sinners, and corrupters.”

In that bill, Zhuravlev cited a controversial study on same-sex parenting conducted in 2012 by University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus, which claimed that adult children of lesbian mothers reported lower income and poorer health than children brought up by heterosexual couples.

Zhuravlev said that if a single mother was found to be gay, placing the child in an orphanage “would be an appropriate action” and that she should “definitely be deprived of her rights to the child.”

“Homosexuals must not raise children,” he said. “They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this.”

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  1. Boo!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:48pm
  2. what a bunch of bs!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:49pm
  3. This is just so evil. It shows nothing of the compassion of Christ!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:49pm
  4. If he exists he has forsaken us.

    Replied on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:39am
  5. I do wish that Jesus, should he truly be the son of God, would come back and turn over the tables of the people whose actions and hatred are what truly take the name of Christ in vain.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:51pm
  6. They need to stop being so fucking ignorant over there…

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:52pm
  7. "Ignorant" is an understatement. Stealing people's children, that's a killing offense.

    Replied on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:19am
  8. U said it Lee!

    Replied on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:19pm
  9. Gettin’ real tired of your shit Russia.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:53pm
  10. This is SO Fucked!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:53pm
  11. poor people..let’s give them sanctuary!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:54pm
  12. OMG! This is horrible!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:54pm
  13. They just haters

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:54pm
  14. Its the new Holocaust!! Fuckin bs

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:55pm
  15. This country is in such a rebound from the days of Communism it cannot see what it is creating. The people of Russia having had their religious convictions torn from them. Their children arrested and sent to prison for who knows why. It did not take much to convince them of some make believe evils of homosexuality. Crowd mentality is easily defined.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:55pm
  16. Hate & stupidity/ignorance = world-wide problems!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:56pm
  17. :( my heart goes out to you Russia

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:57pm
  18. If the children are being well taken care of and are loved that’s what should matter! Russia grow up!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:57pm
  19. Insanity

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:57pm
  20. no stopping it now concentrate on our country the u.s.a..

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:58pm
  21. Krazy Fuqtards!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:58pm
  22. This goes beyond ignorance… just unbelievable. I am speechless.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:58pm
  23. BOYCOTT SOCHI cite this as a reason

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:59pm
  24. Time to leave Russia,if anyone is gay over there

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:59pm
  25. That country is also going to Hades in a vodka filled hand basket.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:00pm
  26. David Dupre when it comes to this specific topic,the U.S. is coming along way of excepting same sex relations

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:01pm
  27. LGBT parents are quite capable of raising their own kids without molesting them.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:11pm
  28. Wow. Sexuality does not determine parenting ability. That’s sick.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:12pm
  29. The republican dream for America

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:15pm
  30. Oh God!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:15pm
  31. if i had my child i would do illegal things to whoever tried taking it away from me without justification other than our family is gay. to silence people because they are gay goes far enough, but to dismantle their family is a step too far into the fine line of war.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:16pm
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    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:18pm
  33. I believe Russia is becoming more of a Communist state again. Putin= Stalin. We must boycott the Olympics to tell them how we feel!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:23pm
  34. This makes me sick! I can’t believe how people can be so fucking cruel…

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:38pm
  35. What planet are the Rusians from.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:39pm
  36. Chilled To My Bones . I Cant believe They Can Do This in The year 2013?? How come other countries Dnt Get involved to stop it? Should ths Be allowed at Ths Moment in Time?! Its Like the Dark Ages ! x

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:43pm
  37. UNREAL!!it must stop…boycott those bastards!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:44pm
  38. That’s so wrong :(

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:45pm
  39. Russia just become Pablo favorite place.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:45pm
  40. Cause we all know that children in foster care get better treatment than they would in a loving stable environment.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:46pm
  41. Disgusting

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:49pm
  42. Dark times in Russia

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:55pm
  43. This is horrible. There messing with the children’s life’s here. Breaking up families. This is going to be a HUGE MESS for them over there. If they pass this, which i’m sure they probably will, they will certainly regret they did down the road.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:59pm
  44. What is it about eastern european christians being the most hateful type of christian there is?

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:59pm
  45. It has to be expected. Putin was a strong member of the communist party and is just showing his true self again.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:07pm
  46. boycott the games

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:08pm
  47. I have a son, and a girlfriend. This is total bullshit and is ridiculous!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:18pm
  48. It’s DUMB russia………..what do we expect?!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:39pm
  49. this is armagedden…holy bejesus

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:52pm
  50. Terrible what there doing in russia, but ultimatelt it hurts our future generation.passing these laws seems like a crime against god and man.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:02pm
  51. I had no idea that Russia was so backwards.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:03pm
  52. It is cruel and evil :(

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:05pm
  53. :O

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:08pm
  54. God i pray that you will come to these peoples rescue…..intervene on their behalf……

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:13pm
  55. FUCK RUSSIA !

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:26pm
  56. Disgraceful!!!! No one should take away a child just because the parents are gay!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:29pm
  57. They have lost all of their minds a looooong time ago… I feel so sorry for all of our brothers and sisters over there! This is beyond horrible!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:38pm
  58. the second holocaust stop it before it gets that far!!1

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:46pm
  59. Horrible, but so in line with the homophobes in the Russian government and parliamentary leadership.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:17pm
  60. These people need to get their family’s to safety. They are killing people and stealing their kids. THis is way beyond just not liking gay people they are trying to wipe us off the face of the earth.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:27pm
  61. Boycott Russia.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:34pm
  62. Russia…..stop this hate of your fellow Russians! This behavior on your part shows how stupid and malleable you are!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:38pm
  63. this is crazy america has to step in this is crimes agianst humanity why dont u just kill them then its worse than taking ur kids away

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:40pm
  64. That is just sick.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:40pm
  65. Why don’t all the homophobes of the world just move to Russia so the rest of us can live in peace.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:04pm
  66. Omg stop. ._. So much hate on us.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:04pm
  67. how long before this happens here in the u.s? I bet it will :(

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:04pm
  68. Nah it won't thank god.

    Replied on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:39am
  69. Cruel & unusual punishment for affected children, to uproot them from the only stable homes they ever had…..how evil! I suggest everyone who supports this bill take personal responsibility ant adopt these very kids or forfeit your own!

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:15pm
  70. This is crazy . Something had to be done.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:20pm
  71. Unbelievable, and yet . . . totally believable. Leopards do not change their spots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:21pm
  72. fight for freedom

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:19pm
  73. Russia is out of control, still and we wonder why people want to leave there and come here?

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:43pm
  74. Does this EVER end?

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:46pm
  75. NOT NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARD FOR THIS SHIT

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10:59pm
  76. 0.0 oh dear this might not end well at all.

    Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:29pm
  77. Gross!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:38am
  78. Sad!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:17am
  79. We (US) meed to put plans in plade to brong them out niw, before it’s too late.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:38am
  80. This is repulsive. How dare any government feel the right to take a parent’s child away because of sexual orientation? Are heterosexual parents perfect? God no. It’s irrelevant to raising a child so long as love is in the home.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:09am
  81. Whats next? Russia’s version of the Kill The Gays Bill?

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:36am
  82. Well one would think that if that passes it would open the door for gay men and lesbians to become political refugees here.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:47am
  83. odd how the American Christian Right has been meeting with Russian authorities to get this bill passed in Russia…you can’t make this stuff up..they are a truly evil cabal

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:17am
  84. Exactly! Blame the American Religious Right. They started all this stuff oversees because they lost here. In the long run they’ll have the same fate because hate never wins!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:50am
  85. NOOOO DON’T DO THAT THAT IS VERY VERY MEAN

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 5:16am
  86. no no no …

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 5:30am
  87. Deplorable!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 6:17am
  88. Seriously Brothers & Sister Please Join us if you haven’t already !

    Please BOYCOTT Putin’s Russia in All thing and BOYCOTT those who Support and Profiteer from this Brutally sadistic regime ! ;o(

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:09am
  89. Disgusting fascism at its worst

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:09am
  90. Wish there was some way to make these ignorant people realise that we’re just the same as they are. We’re not a danger to anyone. :(

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:19am
  91. I urge Russian LBGT people to organize a militia and take out members of the parliament !

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:04pm
  92. I urge Gay ameicains to take out NOM and other rightwing anti gay groups here too!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:06pm
  93. :(

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:11pm
  94. Scary stuff over there!!

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:51pm
  95. Ah yes, this from the “pro-family” devils.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 2:58pm
  96. Homophobia ? Why? People are people… a team works better together than against eachother…

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:45pm
  97. It’s difficult to imagine a people, a bill, a parliament inflicting such pain and suffering. Yet this is an extreme example of homophobia that lives in the hearts of many around the world. Gay men and women are still dehumanized, beaten, or killed right here in America! We are prevented from adopting children in many States right here in America! THE SAME NOTIONS CAUSING RUSSIAN BIGOTRY ARE BEING TOLERATED HERE IN AMERICA! They are simply doing what many wish could be done to homosexual people. Why so shocked? The world must look closely into this mirror. America must look closely into this mirror long enough to see their own reflection in it’s extreme form.

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:16pm
  98. WHAT?

    Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:22pm