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Russia to Ban Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples - Official

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Foreign same-sex couples will be officially banned from adopting Russian children, said Alexei Levchenko, an aide to a Russian deputy premier overseeing social issues, Olga Golodets.

MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - Foreign same-sex couples will be officially banned from adopting Russian children, said Alexei Levchenko, an aide to a Russian deputy premier overseeing social issues, Olga Golodets.

“In accordance with the Russian Family Code, same-sex couples are barred from adopting children. Most likely, courts won’t authorize such adoptions without any additional legislative acts. However, an additional amendment will be passed, stipulating that adoptions are possible only for two-parent (traditional) foreign couples,” Levchenko told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

Russia’s ombudsman for children’s rights, Pavel Astakhov, said Thursday that Moscow should impose a moratorium on adoptions by French citizens now that France allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

He said the Russian-French agreement on adoptions should be reconsidered because France’s endorsement of gay marriage directly contradicts Russian legislation.

 

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Pavel Astakhov, Olga Golodets, Alexei Levchenko