Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed an amendment to the constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. The draft amendment encloses the mention of Russians’ “faith in God” and states that marriage is between “a man and a woman,” according to the lower house of parliament’s vice speaker, Pyotr Tolstoy.
The proposal is 24 pages long and reportedly includes stating marriage is “between a woman and man”. The document also apparently ensures the “defence of historical truth” regarding the Soviet’s role in World War 2, and stating Russian’s “Faith in God.”
This is the first time Russia has proposed changing its constitution since 1993.
Last month, Putin said Russia would not legalize same-sex marriage as long he was President: “As far as ‘parent number one’ and ‘parent number two’ 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.”
The Parliament has shown support for Putin’s proposal and a nationwide referendum is expected to take place on the 22nd of April.
Putin has said he is not prejudiced against gay people, but has asserted that homosexuality and gender fluidity are out of step with traditional Russian values. A federal law signed by Putin in 2013 already considers the “public promotion of homosexuality” as a crime. Currently, only heterosexual couples can adopt children.