Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that bans the adoption of children by same-sex Russian couples. The bill, which was signed on Wednesday, also bans the residents of foreign countries where same-sex marriages are sanctioned from adopting Russian children, Russia Today reported.
The law seeks to protect children from “dictated non-traditional sexual behavior” and free them from “distresses of soul and stresses, which according to psychologists' research, are often experienced by children raised by same-sex parents,” says a fact sheet on the Kremlin's website.Amending the Family Code and several federal laws, the legislation also facilitates some adoption procedures for Russian people and expands orphans’ rights to medical care. In May 2013, Moscow, which currently is working to ink bilateral agreements on child adoption with other nations, said an adoption deal with Paris had to be immediately changed following France’s approval of same-sex marriages and child adoptions by gay couples. On May 18, French President Francois Hollande signed into law the same-sex marriage bill, a day after the Constitutional Council approved it. The bill had faced a challenge by the right-wing opposition. On May 30, Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights Pavel Astakhov said the agreement between Moscow and Paris needs to be reconsidered since France’s approval of the same-sex marriage law is in direct contradiction to Russian legislation. In April, Putin said Moscow was capable of changing its adoption agreements with countries that legalize gay marriages, which is against “traditional Russian values.” Gay marriages are currently legal in more than 12 countries, including Canada, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and France. MR/HSN/HJL