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Russian Lawmaker Proposes Law Banning Gay Parents Custody of Their Kids

Alexei Zhuravlev thinks banning "homosexual propaganda" in public is not enough

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A Russian legislator has proposed a bill that could be used to deny gay parents custody over their children.

The draft bill, published on the State Duma (parliament) website on Thursday, would make the "fact of non-traditional sexual orientation" a basis for denying custody. Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, and abuse.

The proposal comes in the wake of a bill banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors. Authors of the bill have justified it as a measure aimed at protecting children, and not suppressing the LGBT community.

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