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Russian Bill Would Let State Take Kids from Gay Parents

Russian Bill Would Let State Take Kids from Gay Parents

Russian lawmakers are now reportedly pursuing a bill that would allow child welfare authorities to remove children from the homes of parents with “nontraditional sexual orientation.”

In the same week that Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia is not discriminating or hounding its LGBT population, lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov filed a draft bill that would make the “fact of nontraditional sexual orientation” grounds for denying custody to parents.

Zhuravlyov, who was one of the main proponents of the national homosexual propaganda ban, characterized the bill as an extension of the propaganda ban and its goal of supposedly protecting children.

Reports the Guardian:

“In the case when a parent has sexual contact with people of their own gender, the damage that can be inflicted on the psyche of a child is enormous,” Alexei Zhuravlyov, author of the draft, wrote in submitting it to the Russian parliament’s lower house, the Duma. He said between 5% and 7% of people across Russia were of “non-traditional” sexual orientation and at least a third of those had children.

Subsequent reports from official state outlets have indicated that Zhuravlev’s explanatory note also included that (emphasis mine): “non-traditional sexual orientation of one or both parents would become sufficient reason to deprive both of them of their parental rights.

The amendments proposed by the draft bill will apply where “families have already collapsed because of the non-traditional contacts of one of the spouses” as well as to “families where non-traditional sex is openly practiced by one of the parents.”

Lest we fear the amendments are an overreaction, the note clarifies that should a wife have no concrete evidence but just suspect her husband of “non-traditional sex,” Russia’s Investigative Committee will “have specialists trained in everything.”

Russia Today also has a chilling note regarding where Zhuravlev has found supposed evidence for his assertions that gay parents are harmful to kids despite numerous studies that show the contrary: none other than the widely discredited anti-gay U.S. study conducted by Mark Regnerus at the university of Texas:

In the documents attached to the bill, Zhuravlev referred not to personal monitoring, but to research conducted by Mark Regnerus, an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. Regnerus claims that the children of people who have homosexual relations are less likely to call themselves “fully straight” than the children of heterosexual parents (60-70 percent against 90 percent).

In addition, Regnerus claims that children of homosexual parents demonstrated three times the incidences of VD (25 percent against 8 percent), five times greater suicidal tendencies (25 percent against 5 percent) and three times the level of “inability to remain faithful to partners” (40 percent against 13 percent).

We have previously detailed the wide-ranging problems regarding the Regnerus study, not least of which is that the so-called study didn’t in fact evaluate gay parents at all and that Regnerus was very liberal with how he defined homosexuality so (critics have speculated based on statements made by the study’s backers) research critical of gay parenting could be used in a number of United States Supreme Court cases, including the Proposition 8 case.

There is, however, a small amount of positive news here. Russian lawmakers are said to be quite leery of this new bill and for a number of reasons.

Chief among them appears to be the fact that Russia recognizes no other unions than heterosexual marriages and would only award parental benefits on that basis. Any other relationships such as gay parents raising children appear outside of the bounds of the state’s power to regulate — at least, if Russia is still willing to work within the bounds of its own laws.

In somewhat related news, this past week saw world leaders descend on St Petersburg in Russia for the G20 summit. A number of leaders including those from the United States and UK are said to have raised concerns regarding Russia’s anti-propaganda law.

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6:59PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

There is a forcechange Petition on the subject:

http://forcechange.com/76627/prevent-russian-law-that-would-take-children-away-from-gay-parents/#gf_1

3:13AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

I'm afraid Russia will never escape the Tzar monarchic system...

6:03AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

This article breaks my heart. How can the Russian government be so cruel and take the children away from their loving parents?

5:43PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

ty

11:24AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

You have 100's of children with no parents and you are going to take children away from parent who love them? You are an ignorant country!!

8:52AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

So, now they want to muscle their power by ruining the life of the children? How about thinking about what's best for whom before letting power come first. Haven't anyone learned anything yet? Who will suffer in this case? The children of course! This makes me very upset to see that we still live in caves..

4:31PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

To BMutiny T - so why is everyone then having a go at Russia or is this an info which is kept under the thumb?

It seems America's export policy is somehow ... flawed ... these hatemongers and warmongers ... can't they be stopped before spreading?

3:57PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

BMutiny T- I am not surprised and in fact was pretty sure that Scott Lively and his repulsive ilk were behind this just like they are in Uganda.

1:02PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Russia, shame!!

12:17PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

You may be surprised to learn, that THE RUSSIANS GOT THE ENTIRE HOMOPHOBIC IDEA FROM AMERICAN ANTI-GAY GROUPS. True! These US groups were losing ground HERE, so they took their homophobic "crusade" ABROAD, with the idea of gathering strength THERE, and then with such added strength bringing it back to the US again...
To quote from the Seattle Gay News, Aug.30, 2013:

'In 2007, [hate-monger American pastor Scott Lively] toured 50 cities in Russia and other former Soviet countries. On this tour he helped found Watchmen on the Walls, a particularly violent anti-Gay organization now headquartered in Riga, Latvia.
He is also accused of recommending that Russia institute a ban on "Gay propaganda".

In 2009 Lively was one of several American right-wing evangelical figures who attended a conference in Kampala, Uganda, at which anti-Gay strategies were discussed, including what later became the "Kill the Gays" bill.'
'A U.S. district judge ruled on Aug. 15 that ... Lively may be tried for Crimes Against Humanity because of his GLOBAL anti-Gay activities.'

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