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Spain Colludes With Russia To Ban Same-Sex Adoptions Of Russian Children

6a00d8341c730253ef017c332b68e0970b-800wiEarlier this year one of the steps that the Russian government took to further demonize homosexuals was to ban adoptions of Russian children by gay couples and even going so far as to ban all adoptions from any country that has legalized gay marriage, such as France, regardless of the orientation of the adopting couple.

Most countries have condemned these actions, but Spain has chosen instead to bow to Russia's whims. In January, Spanish officials will be signing an accord with Russia that will allow the country to continue adopting Russian children so long as Spain prevents any of them from being adopted by same-sex couples. The accord even extends to adopted children who wind up abandoned or in some other way lose their Spanish parents; Spain will be required to report to Russia where the children have been relocated to and will not be allowed to be adopted by same-sex couples.

Sweden is also considering a similar accord, and the Putin mouthpiece Voice of Russia claimed that similar accords with the U.S. and Israel had also been in the works.

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  1. Wow, is second status citizenship fun when sanctioned by a bunch of people who spend zero time actually looking at LGBT families who have successfully raised kids in loving and deserving homes that buck the trend of hetero norms?

    Posted by: Todd | Dec 29, 2013 7:11:03 PM

  2. Amazing how western European states are increasingly willing to appease a tyrant like Vladimir Putin. Given how badly appeasement turned out for western Europe back in 1938, you'd think Europeans would have since learned to draw the line with tyranny. Why is bootlicking back in fashion among European governments?

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 29, 2013 7:37:22 PM

  3. Putin cares more about displaying his homophobia than he does about giving children the opportunity to find loving homes. But should states in the West insist on Russia respecting equality for same-sex couples even if this means so many children will continue to grow up in orphanages?

    Posted by: borut | Dec 29, 2013 7:57:33 PM

  4. Good heavens, there's surely must be enough children in the First World who need good homes, do we really have to be sourcing them from the Third World?

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Dec 29, 2013 8:10:32 PM

  5. The is a strong strain of Far Right Wing Catholic Fascism in Spain. Francoism is alive and well there. Not surprised.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Dec 29, 2013 8:13:13 PM

  6. Current Spanish government are a bunch of homophobes! They tried to stop gay marriage but they couldn't now they terrorize women with abortion laws. I hope Catalonia secedes and lets them drown in their own filth.

    Posted by: litper | Dec 29, 2013 8:18:21 PM

  7. But US signed an agreement with Russia back in 2011 that already essentially provided a mechanism for prevention of adoption by same-sex couples (and dissolution of adoption if found out). Here's the text of it:

    Look at Article I.5) It says that the agency essentially needs to be authorized by Russia and work according to Russia's domestic laws in the field of adoptions, meaning that no same-sex couple adoptions are allowed. (And the Obama administration had agreed to that.)

    Similar effect: Article 3.2, essentially all of Article 5.

    If you look at Article 14, it essentially authorizes to potentially take away children in cases where adoption was done while one of the parents was closeted, but since has come out...

    There were lots of reports on the agreement signing back in 2011 in Russian news, which included the part about preventing same-sex couples from adoptions, but all the American sources only reported about the agreement in general, completely avoiding the same-sex issue.

    Posted by: Victor | Dec 29, 2013 8:30:11 PM

  8. This agreement was not a necessity. For decades, Americans adopted children in Russia without an agreement on regulation. It was something that the Obama administration decided to sign in the hope of improving relations with Russia.

    Posted by: Victor | Dec 29, 2013 8:33:59 PM

  9. It's creepy that Russia is now such a baby factory that they have to sign international deals to manage their product.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 29, 2013 9:01:10 PM

  10. and this is because there are no babies to adopt in Spain or any other countries that do not force gay parents to give up their children ?

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Dec 29, 2013 9:36:01 PM

  11. Russians sure do make a lot of babies they are unwilling to raise and take care of themselves. Shame on them!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 30, 2013 12:03:22 AM

  12. It's easy to take for granted the steps forward, but steps backward happen, too. Berlin in the twenties was perhaps the gayest city in the world.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Dec 30, 2013 12:53:24 AM

  13. Rhymes with lame.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 30, 2013 1:28:31 AM

  14. BOO HOO, big bad Russia. Why do Towleroad did not report on that gay man who blackmailed teenager to have sex with thim? I think it is a Texas or Florida, look it up.

    Russia is svereign nation and can do whatewer it pleases it.

    Posted by: Saturnalia | Dec 30, 2013 4:31:22 AM

  15. Pathetic, but you can't expect nothing more than our pathetic president

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 30, 2013 5:52:49 AM

  16. Saturnalia: You are comparing the bad actions of one man with an entire country.

    It seems that your are a very low level troll

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 30, 2013 5:53:38 AM

  17. "Saturnalia" means "I suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome-related stupidity" in Russian. You can look it up.

    Posted by: Vodka Breath | Dec 30, 2013 10:34:56 AM

  18. why don't these countries promote art instead of adoption? then putin can keep his own little bastards.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Dec 30, 2013 11:04:15 AM

  19. That’s because the conservatives are now in power in Spain. But as it always happen, when the politic tables change again, this ludicrous accord will be reverted. In that respect Spain is pretty split like the U.S., two very different sides that demonize each other.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUHT | Dec 30, 2013 3:56:17 PM


    Posted by: davo | Jan 5, 2014 11:27:33 AM

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