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Putin signs law banning gay couples from adopting

Published time: July 03, 2013 22:53
RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev

RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev

President Vladimir Putin signed a law Wednesday banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples in Russia and abroad – and by residents of foreign countries where gay marriages are sanctioned.

The latest act aims to protect children from “dictated non-traditional sexual behavior” and protect them from “distress”, which psychologists say is experienced by children raised by same sex parents according to a fact sheet on the Kremlin’s website.

The act, which amends the Family Code and several federal laws, also eases some adoption procedures for Russians and expands orphans’ rights to medical care. The piece of the legislation swept through the both chambers of the Russian parliament in June.

Russia is currently working to sign bilateral agreements on child adoption with other countries. One of the first to sign such an agreement was France, and over the past few years it ranked fourth by the number of adopted Russian children after the United States, Italy and Spain. After France legalized same-sex marriage in May 2013 Russian officials said that the adoption agreement must be urgently changed.

Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)

Wednesday sign-off comes on top of another law approved by the president earlier in the week – the one which strengthens the penalties for “propagating homosexuality among minors”. The law bans any adverts which could be interpreted as having homosexual connotations from the media and the internet, which may be viewed by children. 

The bill carries quite substantial penalties. Thus, for using the media or the internet for the promotion of non-traditional sex relations individuals will have to shell out up to 100,000 rubles (about US$ 3,000), while organizations – a million rubles or face a 90-day suspension of activities. Foreigners could also be put in jail and then deported.

The law was slammed as discriminatory by gay activists and human rights organizations in Russia and abroad; fears that it could lead to an increase in homophobia were voiced. 

The Russian president told reporters last month that there was no discrimination in Russia.

Less aggression and less emphasis on these problems would benefit everybody. People of all preferences are working in our country, making careers. We recognize them at state level for particular achievements in the fields where they work,” he said at the Russia-EU summit in Yekaterinburg on 4 June.

RIA Novosti / Anatoly Medved

Comments (123)


Gary Pranzo 03.08.2013 06:45

People who think kids should only have a mom and dad and thus reduce the chance that these kids will ever get adopted should at least adopt some of these kids themselves. I wonder how many of these homophobic people posting here have actually adopted children?
Putin has not, He is just like our politicians here in the USA who want to regulate morality but do not follow it themselves. Putin is not a model husband for sure and has not adopted any of these kids he so wants to protect from having a loving family.

Wit h that said I do appreciate his stance on Snowden. So he is not all bad I guess.


Jennifer Holiday 01.08.2013 03:16

Family with 2 moms or 2 dads supports mental illness and instability. These people are not fit to raise children because they have psychological issues to contend with. This cause a dysfunctional family: , which causes children to suffer from identity issues and supports child abuse through viewing an abnormal family unit.


Jennifer Holiday 01.08.2013 03:02

Putin is 100% right. Thank God that he is not influenced by the homosexual agenda, pop-culture, etc. However, he supports global normalacy of the traditional family model, which is for the best interest of a society and child(ren). This supports children growing up in a psychologically stable and normal family dynamics: 1 Mother + 1 Father.

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