The nightmare continues for Russia's LGBT community: a member of parliament is proposing a law that would deny gay and lesbian parents custody of their own children, the Associated Press is reporting.
"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...
"Alexei Zhuravlev, the author of the 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.'"
According to a report from Russia Today, a state-owned media outlet, an explanatory note Zhuravlev submitted with the bill contains additional alarming information:
"MP Aleksey Zhuravlev submitted the suggested amendments to the Family Code to the State Duma on Thursday. The explanatory note to the bill reads that non-traditional sexual orientation of one or both parents would become sufficient reason to deprive both of them of their parental rights.
"'Following the letter of the law that forbids propaganda of non-traditional sex to minors we must restrict such propaganda not only in mass media but also the family,' Zhuravlev wrote. His reasoning is that 'if one of the child's parents indulges in sexual contact with persons of the same sex, the damage to the child's psyche is immense as a mother or father serves as an example for their offspring.'
"The amendments should apply to those whose families have already collapsed because of the non-traditional contacts of one of the spouses and also to the families where non-traditional sex is openly practiced by one of the parents, the note reads. It adds that for cases when a wife simply suspects her husband of non-traditional sex, the court and the Investigative Committee (Russia's top law enforcement agency created for dealing with especially important and resonant cases), 'have specialists trained in everything.'"