Recent constitutional amendments in Russia has thrown all possibilities of legalizing same-sex marriage in the country. On the 1st day of July, majority of votes approving constitutional reforms for the nation came through. Among the reforms made was the emphasis on the marital laws of the country, stating that only heterosexual couples can get married.
Russia has set the ropes loose on their take on homosexuality many years ago by allowing consent for same-sex couples. However, that was about the extent of what the government can do in terms of support for their LGBTQ+ citizens. The city of Moscow issued a ban on Pride marches on 2012, for the next 100 years. The year after, a law was passed prohibiting “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships” for minors.
This amendment on the constitution of the Russian nation will put the lives of many LGBTQ+ citizens in imminent danger. The government will definitely favor the conservative values of country, leaving the LGBT people unrecognized and unsupported. Max Olenichev, lawyer for a gay rights group, predicts an overwhelming flow of hate and violence if the government displays an active show of indifference towards the community.
There have been many stories of LGBTQ+ discrimination in the country, some fights even turn out to be violent, resulting in many injuries and deaths. Yelena Grigoryeva is an activist for LGBT rights who got murdered. An anti-gay group admitted to the crime and also sent threats to other activists.
A horrible tragedy also took place in Chechnya in 2017, where gay men where persecuted, attacked, and killed. Same-sex couple Andrei Vaganov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev were forced to leave the country after they were sued for adopting two children, which was illegal in Russia, even though only one of them applied for single fatherhood.
With this growing discrimination for gay people in Russia, couples who wish to enjoy the privileges of a legal marriage may have to wait a lot longer for the hate to dial down or for a more compassionate leader to step up, but since the amendment also approved two more terms for incumbent President Vladimir Putin.