Kiev, July 27, 2020
Ukrainian Deputies from the “Servant of the People” faction have introduced a bill that would punish the promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism in Ukraine with a fine, similar to the 2013 law passed in Russia that outlaws LGBT propaganda amongst children.
The corresponding bill, No. 3917, has been registered on the Verkhovna Rada’s website.
The authors of the bill, Deputies George Mazurashu and Elena Lis, contend that the promotion of homosexuality and transgenderism can negatively affect the overall development of a person.
The new bill was introduced just two months after a petition to revoke another bill that calls to impose fines and up to 8 years of imprisonment for criticism of LGBT people received the necessary number of signatures to be officially considered. In June, the Committee on Law Enforcement recommended that the Rada drop the bill.
In bill No. 3917, the Deputies propose a fine in the amount of 1,000 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens for citizens who break the proposed law, and a fine of 3,000 non-taxable minimum incomes for legal entities. Public officials would face a fine of 8,000 incomes, the document reads.
Public displays of the homosexual or transgender lifestyle would entail a fine of 5,000 minimum incomes.
The explanatory note to the bill emphasizes that the purpose of the bill is to strengthen the protection of the family, childhood, motherhood, and fatherhood at the legislative level, noting that the state “has the duty to take care of the physical and mental health, moral or spiritual condition, and development of a person.”
“Among the immoral threats of modern times, it is worth noting that the aggressive propaganda of homosexuality and transgenderism is aimed at destroying the institution of the family,” reads the explanation.
A collection of signatures was held last fall and this spring in Belarus to call on President Alexander Lukashenko to adopt a similar law.
In June, Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has since been reelected, promised to ban LGBT ideology from schools.