Ukrainian move to outlaw the promotion of homosexuality gaining momentum
Earlier this week the government of Ukraine passed the first reading of a bill designed to combat the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ with some 289 of the 350 MPs present voting in favour. This comes despite repeated international condemnation of the proposed law – especially from the EU – but is expected to be popular with most Ukranian citizens and the legislature will, no doubt, have their eye on the forth coming parliamentary election on the 28th of this month.
The spread of homosexuality constitutes a threat to national security as it leads to an HIV/AIDS epidemic and also destroys the institute of family and can trigger a demographic crisis.
The draft laws appear to be the outcome of stereotypical views on homosexuality rather than the result of a thorough process aimed at seeking the views of children and ensuring their best interest. If it is to live up to European and international human rights standards, the Ukrainian government must strive to create a society in which diversity is viewed not as a threat, but as a source of enrichment for society as a whole.