A gay couple in Russia was forced to flee the country simply because they told their adopted children they are married

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08/17/2019

A Russian couple was forced to flee the country because they told their two adopted sons that they are married. As far-fetched as that may sound, the story is true – simply because they are gay. Andrei Vaganov and Evgeny Erofeyev, who were married in Denmark, had been raising their two teenage boys for nearly a decade without issue. That all changed when their youngest son was hospitalized for stomach issues and told doctors that he didn’t have a mother, but two fathers. That revelation prompted Russia to accuse the couple of breaking the country’s controversial “gay propaganda law,” which passed in 2013 (after the boys were adopted) and makes teaching minors about LGBTQ issues a crime. According to a Human Rights Watch report, the law has led to increased hostility toward Russia’s gay community and a lack of resources for LGBTQ youth, many of whom told the organization they feel increasingly isolated.

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