Lawmakers in Russia introduced draft legislation today that would ban marriage between two people of the same sex, including cases where a trans person has transitioned or is in the process of transitioning.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Russia, but the measure aims to close a bureaucratic loophole that allowed Irina Shumilova and Alyona Fursova to marry in St. Petersburg last November. Shumilova, who identifies as a transsexual woman, is still male according to her passport. Their wedding made headlines around the world and angered conservative politicians.
The bill is sponsored by three members of parliament — Aleksey Zhuravlyov, Dmitry Gorovtsov and Anatloy Greshnevikov — who argue that the measure is necessary to protect so-called traditional family values.
"Registering marriages between such individuals will lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage, which is not allowed in Russia," a memo to the bill says.
The bill would have to pass three readings in the Russian parliament, and then be signed by President Vladimir Putin, to become law.