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Duma bars Russian children from adoption by foreign same sex couples

Published time: June 18, 2013 08:37
People take part in a rally in defence of Russian children in Moscow.(Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

People take part in a rally in defence of Russian children in Moscow.(Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

Russia’s Lower House has passed an amendment that bans the adoption of Russian children by same sex couples from abroad.

The amendment was passed on Tuesday as the State Duma approved the second reading of the bill to protect orphans.

The amendment also forbids single people who are citizens or permanent residents of countries that allow same sex marriage to become adoptive parents or legal guardians of Russian children.

Russia itself does not allow same sex marriage and the country’s authorities have passed a number of regional and federal bills banning the promotion of gay and other “non-traditional” sex to minors – a move considered as discriminative by a large part of society.

Another related move was the adoption in late 2012 of the so called 'Dima Yakovlev Law' – an extensive act that forbids, among other things, the adoption of Russian children by US citizens or by proxy of US organizations. Russia said it was prompted by a number of cases where US authorities refused or failed to cooperate in the investigation of cruelty or even death of adopted Russian children by their US adoptive parents.

The US authorities have blamed the poor cooperation in part on law enforcement on the complicated relationship between federal and state laws.

Russia is currently working to sign bilateral agreements on child adoption with other countries. One of the first to sign such 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.

President Vladimir Putin said in a recent interview that he would sign the ban on adoption by foreign same sex couples if the Russian parliament passes such bill. State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said last week that the Lower House will give its final approval to the bill in June.

Comments (126)


revealsins2me 08.08.2014 10:15

homosexuality is not a lifestyle it is a mental disorder that should be pitied but never accepted as thought its a norm.
this is why no one respects psychology as a science there manual is guided by political and social demand.

ped ophilia historically and rationally has more social and biological validity than homosexuality by far.

only in western society can a man having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl be considered worthy of death. when to men can sodomize each other and everyone says don't they make a cute couple.

the west is dead!!.


Akram AL-Obaibi 30.11.2013 03:52

US is spending alot of media effort to change the world into a GAY world. This is another US weapon to destroy humanity and defy God. Look at US fashion & reality shows, even cartoons are now promoting man-man or woman-woman companionship. Russia is leading all decent nations to stand up against this evil tide.


John Dale 22.09.2013 05:23

An actual leader on the national stage!

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