Foreign same-sex couples to be forbidden to adopt Russian children

Moscow, May 30, 2013

The deputies of the State Duma from the "One Russia" party have prepared amendments in the family codex of the Russian Federation that forbid adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples. This has been confirmed today by the general council secretary of "One Russia", deputy speaker of the lower chamber of the Parliament Sergei Neverov, at the meeting with the deputies of the legislative assembly of the Novosibirsk region, reports Itar-Tass.

According to him, in regard to the passing of the law legalizing same-sex marriages in France, the deputies of the fraction have prepared amendments to the family codex that forbid adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples from those countries whose legislation allows or recognizes such marriages.

On May 18, the president of France Francois Hollande signed the law legalizing same-sex marriages in the country and allowing such couples to adopt children. So France has become the fourteenth country in the world to legalize such marriages. It is supposed that the first marriage according to the new legislation may be performed already early in June.

Once the law has gone on to the statute books in France, Russia, which had made the adoption agreement with France, can raise the question of annulling this agreement, explained the head of the Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, Elena Mizulina ("A Just Russia" Party). At the same time she pointed out that "this document has not been ratified yet". And Alexei Pushkov, head of the State Duma's international affairs committee (the "One Russia"), has advocated the complete rejection of concluding bilateral adoption accords with countries which have passed legislation on homosexual marriages, because, according to him, in such cases nobody can guarantee that even after adoption of a Russian child by a traditional family he will not be readopted by a homosexual family. He also believes that prohibition of foreign adoption of Russian children in states that allow same-sex marriages must be introduced nationally in the legislation of the Russian Federation.

In her turn, Olga Batalina, the deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children (the "Only Russia"), has informed that on June 13, two profile committees "on family issues and on international affairs" would hold a joint meeting where they would discuss which amendments should be made to which laws so that children adopted abroad could not be adopted by homosexual families.

"Today, the process of adoption is organized and carried out without difficulties. We must absolutely cut out of this process with those who are in same-sex unions or who may potentially enter into them," she said in the interview with Izvestia.

31 мая 2013 г.

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