Perth Now 21 June 2013
Russian lawmakers have backed a bill that would place tough restrictions on adoption to countries where same-sex marriages are legal, following France’s vote last month allowing such unions. The bill could ban people in over a dozen countries from adopting Russian orphans even if they are single, according to an amendment that passed in the key second reading in the Duma lower house of parliament on Tuesday with an overwhelming vote of 443 to none. It is likely to be swiftly passed in the third reading and the upper house Federation Council. President Vladimir Putin has already vowed to sign it into law.
The restriction would follow the approval last year of an adoption ban for citizens of the United States despite massive protests and petitions by thousands of people against the legislation. The new amendments say those to be banned from adoption include “persons in a marriage union between people of the same sex registered in a state where such a union is allowed, as well as citizens of such states that are not married”. “Adoption of this bill de-facto eliminates the chance for foreign persons of so-called non-traditional sexual orientation to adopt Russian children,” one of the bill’s authors Yelena Mizulina said ahead of the vote. The wording implies that couples in a heterosexual marriage would still be allowed to adopt Russian children. But single people would be banned, regardless of their sexual orientation.
“A child should have a mother and a father, a child in a family has an idea of what the world is about,” said Duma deputy speaker Sergei Zheleznyak