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Putin threatens to ban adoptions for nations that legalize same-sex marriage

Friday, April 26, 2013

NOVO-OGAREVO, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that agreements with other countries on the matter of adoption of Russian children may be changed to ban such adoptions if those countries legalize same-sex marriage.

Putin’s remarks came in response to a question regarding a proposal by Marina Orgievoy, head of the regional parliament of Kaliningrad, who, referring to the recent change in France legalizing same-sex marriages, had publicly criticized French lawmakers.

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Orgievoy, noting the Russian-French agreement, said the agreement must be modified, “so that our children do not fall into the same-sex families.”

Currently, Russia’s Family Code does not allow adoption by same-sex couples.

“She is right. We have to react to what is going on around us. We treat our partners with respect, but we ask that they treat with respect the cultural traditions, the ethic, legal and moral norms of Russia,” said Putin, speaking to reporters Friday at his presidential estate, just west of the Russian capital city.

“I believe I have the right to introduce changes into such documents. This is a topical question; we need to think about this,” he said.

Putin’s statement would imply that a legal ban could be adopted soon as policy by the Russian government.

As same-sex marriage legislation moves through the Parliament of the UK, the Russian foreign ministry’s human rights envoy, Konstantin Dolgov warned this week, “The British and French parliaments have legalized same sex marriages. This narrows the chances of citizens of these countries adopting Russian children.”

France became the 14th country worldwide and the ninth in Europe to approve gay marriage this past week. In 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available, parents in France adopted 283 Russian children, while British parents took in 48.

The adoption of Russian children has already become a highly emotionally charged political issue in the Russian Federation after Putin signed a ban on adoption of Russian children by U.S. parents in December.

That prohibition was a response to numerous highly publicized incidents of abuse, and in a couple of cases deaths, of Russian children adopted by American parents.

There continues to be anti-gay sentiment expressed in Russia as gay pride events have been routinely vetoed by city authorities in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Novosibirsk and several regions of Russia have adopted a ban on “homosexual propaganda” among minors.

Those laws have been used to detain LGBT rights activists who were carrying rainbow flags.

It was also announced Friday that one of the leading Russian LGBT rights activists, Aleksei Kiselyov, who fled Russia to avoid prosecution by the Putin government for his protest activities, was granted political asylum in Spain on Thursday, and that the Spanish government granted Kiselyov a five-year permanent resident permit.

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  1. Stop putin them down.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:36pm
  2. Fuck him!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:36pm
  3. … JERK!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:36pm
  4. ANOTHER DICKHEAD TOO

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:36pm
  5. Someone needs to smack this ass silly.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:36pm
  6. Have fun with your imminently exploding orphan population, Hitler.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:37pm
  7. So Russia is moving backwards 100 years.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:37pm
  8. Their loss

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:37pm
  9. let him hurt his starving people. what an asshole. the russian idiotic version of bush

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:37pm
  10. SHITHEAD

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  11. Let him, let him figure out what to do with at needs kids

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  12. He’s just mad cuz no one will adopt him.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  13. Closeted Powerhouse Bottom

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  14. oh well you country is drowning and the people aren’t going to stand for the poverty much longer and they are going to revolt, haven’t you learned from the 20th century yet? Russian’s usually don’t put up with that very long.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  15. He is such a homophobe, must be hiding something

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  16. Another homophobic jackass heard from. How about we send back his home grown terrorists.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  17. lol

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:38pm
  18. This guy is a moron, the reason they are adopting their children out to other countries is due to a social dilema that is causing women and girls to get pregnant early and have an over surplus of unwanted children that are being put up for adoption. What is he going to do with all those kids? This guy is a fucking moron…. he probably spends time at the Russian Bathhouses at the first moment he has a chance.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  19. what a classy guy. It’s no wonder things are going so well for him.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  20. Go ahead, I dare you

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  21. douchey mc douchebag, simply put

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  22. Hateful loser! Gay parents would be a lot better than having a little child sit in an orphanage their whole life!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  23. I’m ok with that. Keep your skanky unwanted Russian babies. Like I give a flying F. Bitch please, there are babies needing loving homes and families all over this world. Let the Russian government keep em and pay for them for the next 18 years.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  24. So your plan is to punish the children, how American of him.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  25. I despise people that adopt children from other countries! We have so many kids in our own country that need a loving family. I was one of the lucky kids to be adopted, but there’s thousands of children in the system here in America.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:39pm
  26. I’ll take 21st century coup d’etat for $500, Alex!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:40pm
  27. They moved forward????

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:40pm
  28. Uhm, fuck Putin!?!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:40pm
  29. how stupid is this guy? doing that only hurts HIS country

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:40pm
  30. Go ahead, we don’t want your crappy Russian babies in this country anyways!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:41pm
  31. Before Putin they were starting to. LOL.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:41pm
  32. Putin is a moron.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:41pm
  33. why not take care of your russian children then…mr. homophobe.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:42pm
  34. Go for it!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:42pm
  35. Barbara, I think you meant to post that in the actual comments, not in this reply part o.o

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:42pm
  36. Have you looked into the cost of adoption, at all? You really should read the facts before you spew judgment and literal hate. The USA charges thousands of dollars to adopt children, and other countries charge much less. Some people could never afford to adopt a child in the USA, so you would rather that they be childless? A child is a child. Despise all you want; you’ve shown yourself to have a very ugly heart.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:43pm
  37. ……then he can fuck off then. Simples.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:44pm
  38. then we should ban your country from anything to do with america.. and you and your country can go broke and starve for all I care. pig

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:44pm
  39. And I thought you looked good without your shirt on.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:44pm
  40. Oh please

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:44pm
  41. Shame!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:45pm
  42. Patrick, there are many in foster care who are not babies and therefore are less likely to be adopted. It is a sad and ugly truth :(

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:45pm
  43. No problem Putin, we have enough children in USA that need homes.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:45pm
  44. Dang. Now I can’t adopt that 21 year old Russian hunk.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:45pm
  45. You mean..how Republican of him :)

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:45pm
  46. what will they do when orphans and other kids put up for adoptions have no one to adopt them? or more kids are put up for adoption because there parents can not feed them or cope ??? is he going to put them all into insitutions and mess them up for the rest of there lives ???? they just dont think before they open there gobs in these countries do they !!!! x

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:45pm
  47. i wish more americans would just take care of their own and adopt american babies.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:46pm
  48. Ublyudok!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:46pm
  49. How would that do anything but hurt their own country?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:46pm
  50. The last I heard there were straight couple’s returning the children because of their erratic and dangerous behavior. Honestly Even are hetero counter-parts aren’t impressed with the Children you so easily take for granted and say don’t deserve love!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:46pm
  51. So Russian children will no longer be handed to whoever can pay large chunks of cash? Scary.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:46pm
  52. Right the closest they moved forward I guess in 1989 when the wall came down? but it was only a lil jolt and then the pace went flat and backwards again.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:47pm
  53. I wonder how many nations will accept his threat?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:47pm
  54. You say that like being a power bottom is a bad thing???

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:47pm
  55. No but i wouldn’t fuck him with your dick

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:48pm
  56. That is messed up and wrong I have child and I what to adopt and I am gay

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:48pm
  57. The biggest shame is that the orphans will be the ones hurt by this so-called leader’s decision to discriminate.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:48pm
  58. Putin is such a CLOSET CASE.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:48pm
  59. So what.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:49pm
  60. Oh wow good luck having your people adopt the orphans, instead of having us Americans adopting and giving them love and attention, something your brute of father must have not given to you

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:49pm
  61. Bastard

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:49pm
  62. thats crap ..so wrong to even THINK about doing!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:49pm
  63. Because they treat their orphans with so much care and dignity…NOT!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  64. Homophobe:-(

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  65. Unfortunately that is so true. They are more backwards than Cuba but we have a travel ban on Cuba. Go figure.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  66. Kind of extreme there. I mean unfortunately Russia does have the right to refuse adoption by any couples or single parents as they choose, but to ban whole countries? Russia needs to relax over there.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  67. Who Cares!! He all ready has ban the Us from adopting He’s a Bigot and a Fat Ass liar he’s only hurting the kids

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  68. Wait, wait, you type that long post of butthurt, and then call ME cupcake? Some tough-guy, you are. You passed judgment first, and when you dish it out, you’d better be ready to take it back. Would have thought that the Marines would have taught you that.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:51pm
  69. I wouldn’t go that far. He isn’t killing anyone. He’s an asshole but not a manipulative maniac who wishes and actually goes around killing people with disabilities, homosexuality/bisexuality, transgendered, non-Russians, etc etc etc. You can get mad but thats pushing it

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:52pm
  70. narrow minded moron.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:52pm
  71. Have you seen Russian orphanages? Lots of the kids die of varying things, if they’re even lucky enough to get into an orphanage. He’s condemning lots of orphans to low-income lives, assuming they live that long.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:53pm
  72. He’s already halted them to the US, what, he can rule the world with homeless children? I’ll bet France is devastated.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:54pm
  73. Not to mention he’s pushed for criminalizing same-sex relations, and that’s the first step on the road to the death penalty for them. The actions of those who support him and his policies speak volumes about his politics. Or have you missed the string of beatings of gay people in Russia lately?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:54pm
  74. more like puto

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:56pm
  75. he already did ban adoptions to the US!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:56pm
  76. Ditto what Chris said.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:56pm
  77. Hes only hurting the babies

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:56pm
  78. Shannon, you’re very correct and I was one of the lucky ones to be adopted at 6mos, and Karen I agree 100%.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:57pm
  79. I know two Russian orphans who were adopted to the states, and whose lives have been vastly improved for it. It’s a shame that he cares so little about the Russian people that he would condemn so many children to death or poverty.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:57pm
  80. Putin really needs to find a boyfriend before he grows too bitter

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:57pm
  81. He is the children in his country from having a happy childhood.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:59pm
  82. Shame on you for saying bad on the Russian children who never voted for this asshat in the first place. You are no better than Putin when you return hate in the wrong direction against innocents.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:59pm
  83. How about adopting American orphans? Even in the land of milk & honey we have orphaned & unwanted kids looking for someone to love & raise them.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:59pm
  84. This is a dictator in disguise! Poor Russian orphans…

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:00pm
  85. I want to “like” this again; my thoughts exactly!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:01pm
  86. That’s right Pete in the wake of what we’ve been through here in Boston adopt here not elsewhere…we’ve got plenty if kids in USA that need love and homes

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:04pm
  87. You don’t have enough people in your country, that is why you have so many kids up for adoption, and you want to ban other nations from raising those kids? Love the theocracy that Russia has started to create. People will adopt from other countries.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:04pm
  88. He wants to control the whole world.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:06pm
  89. Putin needs to find Jesus. He is trying to use children to manipulate other countries. That is so dirty. Shows he doesn’t care about them or anyone else.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:08pm
  90. UGH…what a dick…and probably some Ortho Christian.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:10pm
  91. doesn’t he realize that will only hurt his unwanted children

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:13pm
  92. And we can cut off all financial aid to Putin’s lil empire

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:13pm
  93. Idiot person!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:17pm
  94. Who gives a fuck

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:19pm
  95. I’d like to ban Shame and Stupid people

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:19pm
  96. Big deal! Take care of your own, moron.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:23pm
  97. fuck you !

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:25pm
  98. No one person should have this much power.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30pm
  99. rofl i just laughed sooooooo hard! made my night, thank you =]

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:31pm
  100. Glad I could assist! XD

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:32pm
  101. When they cannot house or feed the overflow of orphans, we will see about that stance.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:34pm
  102. Fuck him

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:43pm
  103. The only reason people actually give a rat’s ass is because Russians are somewhat white. No one seems to remember we have a LOT of orphaned and fostered black kids right here in the US.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:44pm
  104. Woohoo, Does this mean we can start worrying about adopting kids in The United States who need homes? Gues it’s a win win, and an eye opener seeing there are over 100k kids in foster homes and waiting to be adopted out here!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:53pm
  105. For all the people saying let him, so he can deal with all the unwanted kids: excuse me? These are actual children’s lives, why are you punishing innocents for this idiot’s hate campaign? You all sicken me as much as Putin does.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:56pm
  106. well president Putin you really are a real asshole

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:56pm
  107. Let him, it is his nation and his people-unfortunately children- that will suffer; no nation can let a narrow minded bigot dictate their laws and legislation. Fuck him.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:58pm
  108. We don’t want your babies, anyway.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:59pm
  109. I guess the title, “Putin Wants Lots More Russian Orphans” is too honest?

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:02pm
  110. Putin is probley upset because maybe he couldn’t have kids of his own.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:15pm
  111. Thanks to him he makes us lgbtq russians look worthless

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:35pm
  112. No Thanks! :) … but yes, he shouldn’t be at the “reigns”!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:46pm
  113. Something about him doesnt settle with me overall

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:48pm
  114. Dude needs to get a real name 1st. Then MAYBE we will listen to him.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:49pm
  115. OK NO big deal

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:53pm
  116. Another angry old white man, who needs to go away!

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:53pm
  117. heterosexist moron

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:02pm
  118. Seriously? So Putin is saying that they will no longer adopt out their fetal alcohol syndrome children to countries which recognize marriage equality? Sounds like he’s cutting off his nose to spite his face on this one.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:14pm
  119. Uh, hello everyone!!!!! Putin is the Russian President..Geez..

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:16pm
  120. It’s horrifying how many people are basically saying orphans who live in the usa are somehow more important than orphans from other countries. So much for equality…

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:02pm
  121. Putin needs to concentrate on way his country abandons so many children

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:33pm
  122. *why

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:33pm
  123. Putin is SUCH a little macho ASSHAT.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:40pm
  124. I don’t think I like Russians anymore, from what I hear they are all homophobe bigots

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 9:54pm
  125. Don’t be so certain that he’s not killing. His adversaries have had a tendency to end up with unexplainable radiation poisoning.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:18pm
  126. Shannon, you are correct however many aren’t prepared to adopt Foster children. My spouse and I looked into it and with the rates of fetal alcohol syndrome and the like it takes someone who is willing to take on a heavy commitment and can handle it.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:23pm
  127. They do suck in general. Been there and know first hand.

    Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:43pm
  128. Perhaps he should work first on making is country not suck…and stopping the in breeding may be step one.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:55am
  129. Go ahead Putin and see what really happens….Full of wind and bluster …Sorrowful little minded “man” !

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:39am
  130. Good, there are plenty of needy children right here that folks keep over looking.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 4:36am
  131. And what about the thousands of unwanted and unadopted children over here? That is selfish of you to wanna adopt from over seas first!

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 4:48am
  132. Gin, yes it may take thousands of dollars over there, but you know what, so by your standard we should let the children of America who can be adopted just stay on the streets or in orphanages just because this greedy country is charging way more than lets say Zimbabwe? Who is the selfish one now? Who is the ugly hearted now?

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 4:51am
  133. You can’t stop progress. He’s going to be a very lonely man in a decade or so.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 4:57am
  134. Putin is a monster….practically a Hitler !!

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 5:14am
  135. Disgusting to use the health is happiness… The life of a child as a political toy.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 5:30am
  136. With a name like his I’d be hiding, not advertising my thoughts.

    Posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:54am