With an unanimous and overwhelming vote of 443 to 0, lawmakers in the lower house of Russia’s Federal Assembly passed another piece of anti-LGBT legislation, banning foreign same-sex couples or those from countries that have legalized marriage equality from adopting Russian children.
The final reading and vote will take place on June 21 before it heads over to the Federal Council, Russia’s upper house.
Previously, the Duma unanimously approved a bill that fined anyone for insulting a person’s beliefs with 436 to 0 votes.
“If such a law is passed by the Parliament of the country, I will sign it,” President Vladimir Putin publicly stated in previous press conferences regarding anti-LGBT legislation.
With France’s recent legalization of marriage equality, Putin expressed his desire to implement an anti-gay adoption ban.
Because of the new legislation, the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) may decide to change plans for the World Cup 2018 in fear of persecution and arrest for waving the rainbow flag, and suggest fans cancel their trips.
“The GFSN is very concerned that the [soccer]authorities see fit to award the prestigious World Cup to countries such as Russia which discriminate against the LGB&T community,” GFSN’s Campaign Officer Ed Connell said in a public statement.
“We would urge UEFA and FIFA to demonstrate their resolve to tackle discrimination by seeking assurances that LGB&T supporters will be able to attend these events without the risk of intimidation or arrest merely because of their sexuality.”
The European Council and many human rights groups also condemned Russia’s treatment of their LGBT citizens.
“This is a dangerous crackdown on free speech. No one will be safe from the witch hunt that will ensue, not gay people, not straight people, not even foreign businessmen and women traveling to Russia,” All Out co-founder Andre Banks said in a press release.
“The crackdown against gays and lesbians in Russia is very troubling. While the rest of Europe is building a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love, Russia’s policies are making life more dangerous and less free for not only gays and lesbians, but all of Russia,” he continued.
According to the Moscow Times, Politician Yelena Mizulina further suggested a bill to remove children from LGBT couples as they are considered “non-traditional folks.”