Russia To Ban Adoptions For Foreign Gay Couples
Last week Russian officials continued to make threats they would ban child adoptions to all couples in France - simply due to the recent introduction of marriage equality in that country.
Today we get word that a top Russian official says Russia is taking steps to prohibit the adoption of children to all foreign same-sex couples. According to Reuters, "an amendment restricting foreign adoptions to 'traditional' families will be submitted to parliament in its autumn session by the government."
Russia Beyond The Headlines also reports on the anti-gay statements made by the official, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets:
"Work will now be done to explain individual aspects, individual legal standards. There will be a reaction [to last month's French law allowing homosexual marriages and child adoptions by same-sex couples], we must create good, reliable guarantees that this will not extend to our children. It absolutely runs against the rules, the traditions of the people of Russia,"
"We don't recognize the same-gender family - for us it is not a family as a social institution. It absolutely contradicts all our principles. Our law courts were carefully checking this situation even before France brought out its law," Golodets said.
"Regardless of whether the agreement with France is expended or suspended, there will be stricter practices," she said.