John M. Becker

Latest Russian Attack on LGBTs: Surrogacy

Filed By John M. Becker | October 10, 2013 10:30 AM | comments

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Tags: gay propaganda, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, St. Petersburg, surrogacy, surrogate parents, Vitaly Milonov

vitaly_milonov.jpgWhen it comes to attacks by Russian lawmakers on the LGBT community, it's been a multi-pronged assault. Over the past several months, with varying degrees of success, they've targeted freedom of speech and expression, adoption, parental rights, and even our Russian LGBT siblings' very existence.

And now, according to a report from Gay Star News, anti-gay lawmaker Vitaly Milonov is going after same-sex couples with another proposal, this time to attach an amendment to the country's notorious "gay propaganda" ban that would forbid same-sex couples to have children via surrogacy:

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the 'non-traditional relationships' propaganda bill, has suggested an amendment to banning same-sex couples from having children.

'At present, Russian law has a loophole through which members of sexual minorities are allowed to inform children about homosexuality,' [Milonov's] office said, as translated by GSN.

'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.'

Milonov explained allowing gay people would 'recruit' children if they were allowed to become parents by 'breaking their psyche'.

'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.'

If Milonov's name looks familiar, it's because he's the author of St. Petersburg's "gay propaganda" ban, which served as a model for the national ban that Vladimir Putin signed into law this summer. Last month, Milonov and a group of friends tried to derail the opening of an LGBT film festival by shouting homophobic slurs and physically assaulting guests.

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