Russians temporarily postpone bill to forcibly remove kids from gay parents

In case you missed all the coverage on Russia’s anti-gay pogrom, and the homophobic new laws enabling it (most of which have been prompted by and lobbied for by American radical anti-gay extremist groups), there’s a little bit of good news coming out of Russia.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Russian Duma member Alexei Zhuravlyev withdrew his bill which would’ve made it legal for the Russian government to seize the children of gay and lesbian parents, for no other reason than the fact that the parents are gay.

Those children, estimated in Russia to be between 2.3 million and 3.3 million, would be made orphans as soon as the government got around to, well, rounding them all up.

Russian Duma (parliament) member Alexei Zhuravlev, who has said better a child be an orphan than raised by a gay person.

Russian Duma (parliament) member Alexei Zhuravlev, who has said better a child be an orphan than raised by a gay person.

Russia’s orphanage system has a long standing reputation as being absolutely awful. ‘Filth-ridden warehouses for unwanted children’ was one description I read some years back.

When asked in an earlier interview whether he favored taking a child away from a single mother who happened to be gay, Zhuravlev said:

“Of course she should definitely be deprived of her rights to the child. Homosexuals must not raise children. They corrupt them. They do them much more harm than if the child were in an orphanage. I am deeply convinced of this.”

A spokesman for the Russian parliament said on Saturday that the bill had been withdrawn, but there was no explanation as to why. When asked for comment, Zhuravlev said his opinions hadn’t changed.

The downside is unfortunately Zhuravlev has said he plans to ‘revise’ and reintroduce the bill at a later date. It’s entirely possible that Russian president Vladimir Putin has come to his senses and realized that it’s not exactly good PR to be seen cracking down on gay and trans people right before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  Though that simply means that Russia will continue its regularly-schedule hate after the Winter Games.

Honestly, if I lived in Russia right now and especially if I had a child, I’d be scrambling to try to emigrate as soon as possible.

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, speaking in favor of anti-gay legislation in Russia

Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, speaking in favor of anti-gay legislation in Russia

Meanwhile, in a semi-related story, the head of the lead religious right group fighting marriage equality, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Brian Brown, once again tries to downplay his involvement in Russian anti-gay politics, by avoiding publicity for his frequent visits to Moscow.

According to Miranda Blue of RightWingWatch, she believes Brown’s trip was related to upcoming plans for the anti-gay, anti-woman hate group, the World Congress of Families, to hold their annual convention in Russia in 2014.


Published professional writer and poet, Becca had a three decade career in technical writing and consulting before selling off most of her possessions in 2006 to go live at an ashram in India for 3 years. She loves literature (especially science fiction), technology and science, progressive politics, cool electronic gadgets, and perfecting Hatch green chile recipes. Fortunately for this last, Becca and her wife currently live in New Mexico. @BeccaMorn

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7 Responses to “Russians temporarily postpone bill to forcibly remove kids from gay parents”

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  2. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    Becca, I think that the sponsors of the 2018 World Cup should be contacted regarding this law and held responsible for its passage if they sponsor anything Russian if they bring it up.

  3. Daniel McHugh says:

    As a gay father of a teenager, I don’t know what I’d do, except start saving money to go to a country granting gay families asylum. I hope the US does this, although I haven’t heard stories that its in the works. I’m still worried about the safety of the Olympic athletes and participants, even though Putin says Russia’s anti-gay law won’t be a problem. Please sign my petition telling the IOC to develop a detailed plan about HOW they are going to help keep people safe in Sochi. I offered some suggestions about action steps the IOC could take in the petition. The petition is online at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/change-the-anti-discrimination-clause-in-the-olympic-charters-so-it-includes-sexual-orientation.html

  4. Badgerite says:

    No one involved in this cruel endeavor can call themselves a Christian with a straight face.

  5. Bill_Perdue says:

    Thanks, very good article.

  6. goulo says:

    Man, Zhuravlev sounds like a seriously ignorant hateful bigot. What an utterly caricatured view of gay people he has – and how creepily dehumanizing and absurdly demonizing. Comparisons of the current Russian anti-gay rhetoric to 1930 anti-semitic propaganda seem completely appropriate.

    It sounds indeed like they decided to postpone this hateful misguided law until close to or after the Olympics for PR reasons.

    Thanks for this post… I was just thinking yesterday that I hadn’t seen anything about the Russia anti-gay stuff recently and wondered if it had dropped out of the public eye, which would be sad…

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