The Advocate
September 11, 2013

The author of a proposed law to bar all gay and lesbian Russians from parenting children said gay people who speak out for LGBT equality will be the main targets of the policy.

Alexi Zhuravlyov's bill would deny gay parents the custody of their own children and could allow the government to remove children from the homes of gay parents. Zhuravlyov said he introduced this law after he saw a man in his hometown, Voronezh, who was given custody of his children after he came out as gay.

“It occurred to me that since we have a law explicitly prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors, the Family Code should be amended in such a way that that if a husband or a wife professes a non-traditional sexual orientation, they should be deprived of their parental rights," Zhuravlyov said in an interview with Slon, according to Pink News. "The purpose of this would be to restrict the influence of such a person on his or her own children.”