President Vladimir Putin has vowed to never permit same-sex marriage or parenting in Russia.
“As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again: As long as I’m president this will not happen. There will be dad and mum,” Putin said.
He also endorsed amending the constitution to prevent same-sex marriages. “We need only to think in what phrases and where to do this,” he said. The possible changes to Russia’s constitution appear to be designed to help Putin keep influencing the nation’s affairs even after he leaves office in 2024,
Putin’s Russia is a very homophobic and transphobic place, especially given the 2013 law that bans so-called gay propaganda, really, any positive mention of LGBT identity that would be accessible to minors. And Putin has largely ignored the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya, a semiautonomous republic within Russia.
LGBT rights are constantly trampled in Russia