The next wave of anti-gay legislation may be on its way in Russia as lawmakers prepare to draft a bill that would make coming out as LGBT publicly a criminal offense, Newsweek reports.
The bill, which is being pushed under the guise of strengthening the nation's public morals, was drafted by Communist Party members Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolay Arefiev. Nikitchuck believes the existing framework under Russia's current gay propaganda law is insufficient.
"I believe that the problem we have raised is one of the most pressing and topical issues as it addresses the social ills of our society and deals with the moral education of the next generation," Nikitchuk told state-owned Izvestia on Friday. "In the biological sense, not reproducing is the same as death and in that sense homosexuality is a lethal threat for the whole of humankind."
The bill, which would function as an amendment to the gay propaganda law that was passed in 2013, would punish people who are defined as having "non-traditional sexual orientation" with a fine of 5,000 roubles ($80) for "demonstrating [their] own expressed preferences in public places." Letting anyone know you're LGBT in a school, cultural establishment or government building could land the offender in jail up to 15 days.