The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has officially banned same-sex marriage in Russia and stopped transgender people from adopting.
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Never before have gay people been so empowered… But there is still a long way to go.
There are still many places who simply won’t accept the fact that love is love.
And Northern Ireland became the latest to join in the pledge after they legalized same-sex marriage last year.
And those that are run by bigotted individuals don’t stand a chance at ever joining the modern world in accepting gay people for who they are.
Russia doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to its gay rights -Homosexuality in the country was classed as a criminal offense up until 1993 and was still listed as a mental illness until 1999.
The Russian federal law, which was signed into parliament in 2013, was designed “for the purpose of protecting children from information advocating for a denial of traditional family values”.
And ultimately criminalizes the distribution of any form of homosexual propaganda that could “raise interests in such relationships.”
Including the social media groups, “Russian LGBT Community”, and “Russia LGBT Network”.
By reserving that right exclusively for heterosexual couples.
In 2017, the President explicitly stated that it is his “duty” to stop gay people from getting married in an attempt to “reinforce families.”
So, it comes as no real shock to hear Putin’s stance on the matter…
Disclaimer: It isn’t a good one.
And recently proposed a new law to make the lives of Russian homosexuals that little bit more difficult… Because life for them simply wasn’t hard enough before, was it?
Putin has been seeking a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage for some time.
A senior politician claimed at the time that Putin said the Russian constitution should define marriage as between a man and a woman – and nothing else.
Pyotr Tolstoy, deputy chairman of Russia’s lower house of parliament, said one of Putin’s proposed changes was to “enshrine in a basic law the concept of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”
Which comes a month after he promised that “Russia would never legalize same-sex marriage as long as he is president.”
Putin saw this proposal as an “opportunity”…
To enshrine what he sees as “Russia’s core moral and geopolitical values for future generations.”
And has actively distanced himself, and his country, from more liberal and western values.
Now, the ban on same-sex marriage and transgender adoptions has officially been approved.
Putin officially changed the country’s constitution on a number of issues earlier this week, following a national referendum in which 77% of people in Russia voted in favour of the ban in July 2020.
The amendments mean that same-sex couples will no longer be able to get legally married.
While transgender members of the community will not be able to adopt.
He still insists that he isn’t prejudiced against gay people.
How does that work?!
And has asserted that homosexuality and gender fluidity are simply “out of step with traditional Russian values.”
And we can only hope that this barbaric ban can somehow be overturned.