Russia advances anti-LGBTQ, anti-gender surgery bill, cites US gender debate as justification

Russia’s State Duma on Wednesday took another step toward passing a law that would ban the distribution of material promoting “non-traditional sexual relations,” and cited the growing debate over LGBTQ rights and gender fluidity in the U.S. as a reason for the law.

The bill under consideration at the State Duma, Russia’s lower house, would prohibit websites from distributing materials related to LGBTQ or those that might prompt children to seek gender reassignment surgery. It also blocks the sale of physical products dealing with these issues, along with books and movies.

Similarly, advertisements would be banned from including “information demonstrating non-traditional sexual relations or preferences.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon be presented a bill banning materials that promote LGBT rights or might prompt children to seek gender reassignment surgery. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Duma gave the measure a second reading on Wednesday. Under the Russian legislative process, a third reading is needed to pass the bill to the Federation Council, the upper House. Once passed there, it can be signed by President Vladimir Putin.

According to the Duma, the author of the measure is State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin,

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