04 March 2020
On Monday Vladmir Putin submitted multiple proposals for amendments to the Russian constitution that could see him maintain control beyond the end of his current term.
Putin’s proposals come after an announcement he made in January regarding certain changes he believed needed to be made to the constitution for the country to continue developing.
The most notable proposal that President Putin submitted in his 24 page presentation concerned marriages between people of the same sex.
Although Russian people generally disagree with same-sex marriages and have policies in place that operate against the LGBTQ community, their constitution currently doesn’t state that it’s illegal for people of the same sex to wed.
Putin’s proposal seeks to rectify that section of the constitution and define marriage as the “union of a man and a woman,” ensuring that gay marriages become void.
According to CBS News the Russian President instated a controversial ban on the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” in 2013. The law stigmatized the country’s gay community and banned the distribution of information about homosexuality to children.
After the parliamentary committee approved the amendments Tuesday, the full Parliament will have its vote before April 22 which is the date of the referendum.
Given that Putin’s proposals appeals to the teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church as well as socially conservative Russians, it appears as though the changes that the President is advocating for will be accepted.