Friday, April 26, 2013

Russian President Threatens To Ban Adoptions For Nations That Legalise Same-Sex Marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin * File Photo
By Brody Levesque | NOVO-OGAREVO, RUSSIA -- Speaking to reporters Friday at this presidential estate, just west of the Russian capital city, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that agreements with other countries on the matter of adoption of Russian children may be changed to ban such adoptions if those countries legalise 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 legalising same-sex marriages, had publicly criticised French lawmakers. 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.
Putin agreed telling the assembled press corps;
“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. I believe I have the right to introduce changes into such documents. This is a topical question; we need to think about this.” 
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.”
Putin’s statement would imply that a legal ban could be adopted soon as policy by the Russian government.
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 publicised 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 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 Thursday and that the Spanish government granted Kiselyov a five-year permanent resident permit.


Trab said...

Rasputin sounds about as compassionate as the Catholic Church went it comes to REAL concern for children in need.

Desmond Rutherford said...

Well the czarina Alexandra thought Rasputin was wonderful with the children.