A Russian State Duma committee has rejected a bill that sought to make it illegal for gay men to come out publicly

According to Radio Free Europe, the Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building rejected the bill on January 18.

State Duma lawmakers Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolay Arefyev's proposal sought to amend the Russian Administrative code to ban any public demonstration of “non-traditional” sexual orientation.

Violators would have been subject to fines of up to 5,000 rubles (roughly $80) or up to 15 days of arrest.

“I think that the problem is acute and urgent because it concerns the social diseases of our society and the moral upbringing of the younger generation,” Nikitchuk told Izvestia.

He added that homosexuality is a “grave danger to humanity” because “failure to reproduce is the same as death and this makes homosexuality a deadly danger for humanity.”

The lawmakers explained that their bill only targeted men because women are more capable of “managing their emotions.”

Human Rights Watch criticized the bill as a “new and absurd low in discriminatory legislative proposals.”