On July 1st, the Russian Government approved the President’s ban on same-sex marriages. This means that in their constitution, marriage can only be between a man and a woman. The decision sets the entire country back decades and making them one of the least LGBTQ-friendly nations in the world.
Russia Just Killed Hope for Same-Sex Marriage Equality as Ban Goes Into Effect
Just weeks ago, Russia accused Canada, et al of trying to interfere with their same-sex marriage ban vote. Days later, Russian citizens voted in favor of the ban. Now, the parliament begins the process of legalizing it, effectively killing all hope for same-sex marriage equality.
This change comes with many others though. Among them is one of them allowing Vladimir Putin to stay in the President position until 2036.
While the president said he won’t legalize gay marriage as long as he is in the Kremlin, and aligns himself with the Orthodox Church, critics feel that the officials falsified the outcome. Many authorities were, in fact, completely against the bill.
The ban effectively prevents gay couples from marrying or adopting children. While that’s not different from their actual rights prior to the ban, now Russia completely took away hope of any other possibility. .
Needless to say, this will have an effect on the whole LGBT community in Russia. For example, back in 2017, Irina and Anastasia Lagutenko married in a beautiful wedding ceremony that’s not recognized by the state.
Anastasia can’t become their son’s legal guardian, she the law doesn’t consider her family.They can’t even visit each other in the event of a medical emergency.
Irina and Anastasia are far from alone. Every single gay couple in Russia now faced similar circumstances. While that alone is enough to make Russia one of the least LGBTQ-friendly places, there’s more.
Gay marriage ban cements Russia’s position as one of the least LGBTQ-friendly places in the world
First, in 2012, Moscow placed a 100-year ban on gay pride parades. In 2013, parliament forbade “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships” among minors. Per Wikipedia:
This definition includes materials that “raises interest in” such relationships, cause minors to “form non-traditional sexual predispositions”, or “[present] distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.”
What does that mean? Say your teenage son came to you and told you that he thinks he’s gay. You find a great book that will help him through it, that tells him there’s nothing wrong with him. In Russia, that book is illegal.
Now, Russia’s complete ban on same-sex marriage is essentially another nail in the coffin of hope for any sort of equality in the nation.