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Kazakhstan MP suggest adopting anti-gay law

03 october 2013, 23:12
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Kazakhstan’s Parliament deputy Bakhytbek Smagul has suggested drafting a law to ban same-sex relationships in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports from the plenary meeting of the Majilis (lower chamber of the Parliament).

“I believe it necessary not only to enhance the article 11 of the Family Code (persons not allowed to marry), but also to develop a draft law eradicating same-sex relations, and close the nightclubs everywhere,” Smagul read out his address to Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov.

According to the MP, several countries that “set traditional family relations a priority in their state policies” have already adopted laws banning same-sex relations because the latter are not part of their national mentalities. “These are Afghanistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Russia also intends to adopt such law,” he said.

“In this relation, I would like to stress the following: it is evident that we should not envisage the future of our nation outside the family bonds when forming the Kazakhstan national ideology. But families will not be developing in the right way if same-sex relations are promoted openly. In Central Asia, where ancient cultures cross, and with Kazakhstan being an active member of the Islamic Cooperation Organization, they (same-sex relations) harm the image of our country and its domestic policies, ” the parliament deputy said.

He also stressed that the countries “that have allowed such relations” have no defense and security concerns. “Whereas our country is located in a strategic zone where we have to be alert days and nights,” Smagul said.

“And tell me, how will gay men be able to protect the borders of our country? How will they defend us? What will be their impact on the country’s demography?” he said.

Smagul stressed that the Kazakhstan society should get spiritual support from the rich heritage of its ancestors. All the measures taken today, as well as the adopted draft laws, he said, have to be aimed at “improving the social conditions of our citizens: not only their welfare in the prospering society, but also their protection from spiritual troubles”.

Kazakhstan deputies have already raised the same-sex relations issues several times. Majilis deputy Aldan Smaiyl earlier requested to put through a bill banning homosexuality 'propaganda' in Kazakhstan. His colleague Kairbek Suleimenov said that Kazakhstan needed mechanisms for countering trends like same-sex relationships and marriages that were becoming widespread in Western Europe.


By Altynai Zhumzhumina

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