Belarus Reportedly Preparing Law Against LGBT+ Propaganda

Belarus is preparing a law that punishes the "promotion of non-traditional relationships," reports the Belarusian state news agency Belta. Belta quotes Prosecutor General Andrei Shved, who said in a speech to legislators that a draft law has been prepared banning the promotion of "abnormal relationships, paedophilia, and voluntary refusal to have children."
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According to Shved, the draft law is currently under review. 

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Belarus in 1994, but the country does not recognise same-sex marriages, and authorities have recently cracked down on LGBT+ events. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has openly ridiculed LGBT+ individuals, referring to homosexual men as "perverts" and "the ultimate abomination." Lukashenko is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's staunchest allies. With the new law, his country seems to be following the example of its neighbour. 

In Russia, a similar ban on "homosexual propaganda" has been in effect since 2013, criminalising any public expression of the LGBT+ community. Since Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine, Putin has further tightened that law to emphasise the difference between what he sees as the "decadent" West and his conservative Russia. Last December, the Russian Supreme Court banned the "international LGBT+ movement" and labelled it as an extremist organisation. Recognition of transgender individuals has also been abolished in Russia.

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