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Russia to ban adoption by same-sex couples

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MOSCOW — Russia is on its way to sharply limiting the adoption of children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage.

Under a measure that passed its crucial second reading in the lower house of parliament Tuesday, Russia will prohibit adoption by foreign gay couples whose homeland recognizes their union as marriage, as well as by single people or unmarried couples from those countries.

The lower house voted for the bill unanimously.

After a third and final reading that is largely a formality, it must still be passed by the upper house, which is little more than a rubber-stamp body. Then it would go for signing to President Vladimir Putin, who has already expressed support for the ban.

The measure is the latest move by Russia to buck the Western trend toward greater acceptance of homosexuality. The lower house last week overwhelmingly passed a bill that bans giving children so-called homosexual propaganda, which effectively appears to mean any information about gays.

Although Russia lifted the criminalization of homosexuality two decades ago, a widespread hostility toward gays is shared by much of Russia’s political and religious elite.

Lawmakers have accused gays of decreasing Russia’s already low birth rates and said they should be barred from government jobs, undergo forced medical treatment or be exiled.

If it becomes law, the adoption bill would further shrink the possibilities for the estimated 600,000 Russian children who are without parental custody.

Last year, Russia banned all adoptions by Americans. That ban came in retaliation for a U.S. law allowing sanctions on Russians deemed to be human rights violators and reflected Russian allegations that U.S. authorities have been negligent and shamefully lenient in investigating and prosecuting abuse and deaths of adopted Russian children.

For Russians, the law allows single people to adopt, but says couples who want to adopt must be married.

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  1. :o/

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:04am
  2. Russia can suck my butt with a sippy straw

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:06am
  3. Russia is ass backwards

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:08am
  4. “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” George Carlin

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:10am
  5. Putin is worthless.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:10am
  6. Russia is most definitely off my list of places to visit. Glad I went to St Petersburg when I did many years ago. So sad that Russia is going backwards. So very very sad.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:11am
  7. Shows that the needs of homeless children are not important to them. They would rather feed on their unrealistic fears than take care of these children who have no family to love them.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:12am
  8. Well, that will certainly help the children in Russian orphanages! Grow up, Russian politicians!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:13am
  9. Russia need to get out of dark age thinking, piss on them.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:14am
  10. russia seriously stop that

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:14am
  11. Here you can see how the Regnerus study was used to hate monger against gays in Russia:
    http://english.pravda.ru/history/04-06-2013/124741-gay_adoption-1/

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:15am
  12. WTG, Russia. Everyone else is moving forwards, you’re moving backwards…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:17am
  13. ://

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:19am
  14. Truth be told who cares about Russia? There are enough babies in our own country that need a loving home, why go abroad???

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:22am
  15. This is what the G8 should be preventing happening in Russia,but shit arse’s Cameron & obama haven’t got the balls to challenge Putin on gay reforms in his country
    Obama can’t get his own country sorted out so how does he think Putin would take notice of him

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:24am
  16. well, maybe they thought that it would be better to grow up unloved and an orphan than to grow up in a loving home. Sick russia

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:25am
  17. BOYCOTT Russia, don’t buy Vodka or anything made in Russia.
    Putin is a COMMIE RACIST BIGOTED HOMOPHOBIC trouble making, weapons providing prick giving guns, and ammo to Syria to fight their people and kill them. He’s also stomping out all human rights in Russia. BOYCOTT Russia, don’t buy Russian vodka, don’t buy anything made in Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:26am
  18. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:31am
  19. That is really dumb

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:33am
  20. sad for the kids!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:40am
  21. First they ban Americans from adopting Russian orphans. Then they passed a law banning homosexual “propaganda” and now this? Wow. I think we’ve found the GOP and Conservatives new best friend.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:42am
  22. So instead of family love, they get tossed between foster families. SO SAD.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:47am
  23. Just another reason to stay out of Russia

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:52am
  24. Screw them and their hateful ways, not all Russians but the hate ones screw you. Love is love.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:53am
  25. That is a shame. SO they would rather have a million kids running around rather than let us adopt them and give them good and loving homes. Ridiculous!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:10am
  26. many parentws who adopt from russia find that the children are ill and have huge emotional problems…….there is info out there on this check it out………………

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:49am
  27. :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:50am
  28. That’s great, it’s not like kids need good homes or anything . . . assclowns.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:57am
  29. I’m pretty sure he’s not Communist. He’s part of the United Russia Party.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:01am
  30. So stupid…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:04am
  31. its very sad to me that they just cant seem to care enough about abandoned children to give them the opportunity for a good home.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:21am
  32. You can buy Absolute vodka from Sweden. They’ve always been very supportive of the gay community and sponsored many gay events over the years.
    I think Putin and his goons either want to drive the gays out of Russia or make them pretend to be straight and get married and have kids. I think they’re planning another war and with the Russians selling weapons to Syria and America supplying the rebels, it may turn into a Russian vs America war.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:23am
  33. they shouldnt be so picky when they have so many kids needing loving homes being gay does NOT egual phedophile

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:27am
  34. Russia has had too much vodka & burned its collective brain out.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:31am
  35. How sad for those children, to be denied another chance for a loving home. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:40am
  36. wth

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:46am
  37. Doesn’t surprise me; just another third world nation…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:58am
  38. Creeps

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:15pm
  39. Shame!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:17pm
  40. Here we again

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:21pm
  41. So, their government would sooner let children suffer than have them raised happily by those with different lifestyles. Bravo, Russia.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:25pm
  42. The real losers in this power play are all the children that the Russians don’t want who have lost the chance for a loving family.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:33pm