Three months before Russia's parliament unanimously passed a federal law banning the propaganda of "non-traditional relationships" — that is, same-sex ones — the bill's sponsor went on the country's most respected interview show to explain her reasoning. Mizulina heads the Duma's committee for family, women, and children and has become the stern face of Russia's campaign against gays. But she would never call it that. Russia's new laws — banning same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children in addition to banning LGBT advocacy — are part of the country's very search for survival, according to her. On the one hand, there's its physical survival — Russia's birthrate plummeted in the wake of the Soviet collapse and encouraging baby-making through government grants as well as rhetoric has been one of Vladimir Putin's hallmarks. And then there's its moral survival; if Russia is to survive as Russia it needs to reject the corrupting influences of the West.
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Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia has just gotten worse, following a new law in the State Duma banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors. The law states that "it is essential to put in place measures which provide for the intellectual, moral and mental well-being of children, including a ban on any activities aimed at popularizing homosexuality … including instilling distorted ideas that society places an equal value on traditional and nontraditional sexual relations. The law, which follows years of creeping anti-homosexual legislation in a number of Russia's regions, has been widely condemned by foreign governments, especially leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Most recently, the Associated Press reports , on the opening day of the games, Feb. Petersburg with a banner reading, "discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. Olympic Charter.
Russia: Putin seeks constitutional ban on gay marriage
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Among the proposed amendments to the family code are changes to the legal gender recognition rights for transgender people that will negatively affect their ability to marry and raise children.
Nearly three-quarters of Russians believe that homosexually is morally unacceptable, more than disapprove of other hot-button issues such as extramarital affairs, gambling and abortion. The numbers come from newly released data from the Pew Research Center, which surveyed Russians on their moral attitudes in spring Russian attitudes toward homosexuality have been at the forefront given the Winter Olympics in Sochi.