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Putin Moves to Alter Russia's Constitution to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

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The all-powerful Russian president makes good on his vow to permanently kill marriage equality.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his opposition to marriage equality last month, saying he was planning to enshrine a ban within the nation's constitution. He looks to be making good on his threat.

Putin has now submitted a draft amendment to the constitution that would limit marriage to one "man" and one "woman," according to a member of Parliament. The amendment's language also includes mention of "faith in God," a nod to the influential Russian Orthodox Church.

The all-powerful Russian leader yoked same-sex marriage to parenting last month, saying in a meeting that, "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'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 LGBTQ identity that would be accessible to minors. And Putin has largely ignored the persecution of LGBTQ people in Chechnya, a semiautonomous republic within Russia.

Putin's hard-line stances seem to be trickling down, with acceptance of LGBTQ people declining among youth.

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Neal Broverman

Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.