John M. Becker

Russian MP Withdraws Law Targeting Gay Parents

Filed By John M. Becker | October 20, 2013 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: adoption ban, Alexei Zhuravlev, Duma, LGBT parenting, parental custody, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Sochi Olympics

russia_duma.jpgLast month, Russian MP Alexei Zhuravlev introduced a bill that would deny gay and lesbian parents custody over their own children. Two weeks ago, the bill was scheduled to be debated in February 2014, the same month that Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics.

But yesterday, a spokeswoman for Zhuravlev's office told Russian media outlets that the MP had withdrawn the bill from the Duma, intending to submit a revised version at a later date.

PinkNews reports:

On Saturday, spokesperson Sofia Cherepanova told Russian media on Mr Zhuravlyov's behalf the document has now been withdrawn from the Russian Duma, RIA Novosti reports.

She said: "Yes he has indeed withdrawn it," although his position on the matter "remains unchanged."

"Anyway, we are interested in passing the bill," she added, and clarified that the document is set to be revised and would again be submitted at a later date.

If passed the law would follow on from a piece of legislation signed into law by President Putin in July that banned gay and lesbian couples from foreign countries from adopting children.

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