Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse, a new bill in Russia seeks to ban gay people from using surrogate mothers to have children.
Lawmaker Vitaly Milonov (pictured), co-sponsor of the “non-traditional relationships” propaganda bill, has recommended an amendment banning same-sex couples from having biological children. He fears that, if allowed to become parents, gay people will “recruit” children by “breaking their psyche.”
“At present, Russian law has a loophole through which members of sexual minorities are allowed to inform children about homosexuality,” his office said earlier this week. “By and large, thanks to surrogacy, homosexuals have the ability to inform a child about their lifestyle, values, and views on gender roles and relations.”
He continued: “It is necessary to amend the Russian law banning the promotion of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors, officially registering a ban on the use of surrogacy for gay men and people with blurred sexual preferences.”
But it gets worse.
Milonov is also supporting another bill that would allow the Russian government to forcibly take children away from gay parents.
The proposed legislation, which was originally introduced by lawmaker Alexi Zhuravlev and is scheduled to be discussed in the State Duma in February, would deny custody to people “guilty” of being gay on the same grounds as alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity, and child abuse.
The bill cites the Regnerus study, which supporters of the bill are using to affirm that children of gay parents are at a disadvantage. Besides the questionable science in the report, and the fact that it has been debunked multiple times since it was published, the study did not actually address the issue of children in gay households.
The discrimination against LGBT people in Russia has been crushing enough. Targeting their children brings the government’s war against gay people to a new and tragic low.
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