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Putin signs bill sharply limiting adoption of Russian children by gays

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that sharply limits the adoption of Russian children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage.

Maxim Marmur, AP
Vladimar Putin

The new law prohibits adoption by same-sex foreign couples whose homeland recognizes their union as marriage, as well as by single people or unmarried couples from those countries.

A Kremlin statement said the measure is intended to guarantee children a “harmonious” upbringing and protect them from “complexes, emotional suffering and stress.”

The bill signed Wednesday is the latest move by Russia to buck the Western trend toward greater acceptance of homosexuality.

On Sunday, Putin approved a ban on giving children any information about gays.

The adoption bill further shrinks the possibilities for 600,000 Russian children without parental custody.

Last year, Russia banned all adoptions by Americans.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. Bigoted prick

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:51am
  2. And the U.S. does nothing it’s time for sanctions.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:52am
  3. and to think this nation will be hosting the Olympics soon

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:52am
  4. talk about killing the tourism money coming into Russia lol

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:52am
  5. Boycott Russian products

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:53am
  6. Mike, you said what I was thinking

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:53am
  7. Yeah, ’cause it’s better if they languish in orphanages than if they have loving homes.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:53am
  8. Putin is doing what the majority of his country wants, sadly.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:54am
  9. Loser!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:54am
  10. they are gonna have ALOT more orphans in russia then… >.>

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:54am
  11. Stupid. Love is what makes a family.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:54am
  12. Just after this totally made-up pedophile-parenting scandal. He know how propaganda work.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:54am
  13. what an asshole!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:55am
  14. I had looked forward to visiting Russia for years. I recently retired and have watched all this anti-gay BS exploding over there. It’s definitely off my list for the foreseeable future.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:56am
  15. Communist PIG!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:56am
  16. Pull our support and stop sending them aid!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:56am
  17. Pathetic man. So sad to see Russia taking the dark side.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:56am
  18. or he might be upset that you can order children from other countries as “Adoption”

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:56am
  19. Took the words right out of my mouth, Zoey!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:57am
  20. What an asshat! I’m sorry to say this, and I don’t mean to offend anyone by this statement; this is what happens when organized religion thinks it is the only religion and tries to impose their personal beliefs off on the rest of the world. There is no more room left in this world for fear or bigotry. Grow up, expand the mind or get the hell out of the gene pool!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:58am
  21. Russia has 600,000 orphaned children, I would think any home would be better than growing up in an orphanage! Heterosexual couples aren’t always “harmonious”. I know my parents marriage wasn’t. I would have rather my “dad” have not been there at all! What an idiot.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:00am
  22. can someone kill him alread

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:09am
  23. look at all the kids that need a fam,or ppl that cant have kids it dont mater if they gay str8 tran or even just one person,it just makes me sad to know more kids that need a home will not get one.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:27am
  24. Sadly, Russia is still pretty backward in some ways.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:37am
  25. because you know, it’s more important to act like a midevil asshole than give children homes

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:46am
  26. Hahaha Putin, sounds like pudding.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:52am
  27. this guy is satan

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:53am
  28. Boycott any cruise line that goes into Russia.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:16pm
  29. Roundabout way of trying to put political pressure on desperate heterosexual couples so that they’ll put pressure on their governments to outlaw same-sex marriage. Not going to work. And many, many people will be hurt because of this Russian gamesmanship. Sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:45pm
  30. f poutinnn

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:48pm
  31. He so wants his big gay Daddy. Come home Comrade Daddy! Come home!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:51pm
  32. Big week for that Hitler wannabe: [1] you can get arrested just for talking to young people about being LGBT; [2] and now you can’t adopt. It fits together in a repugnantly twisted way: how are you going to talk to your kids without getting arrested?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:09pm
  33. FUCK RUSSIA!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 3:59pm