State Duma to ban adoptions of children by same-sex couples next week

The State Duma will adopt amendments to the legislation banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples next week.

The State Duma will adopt amendments to the legislation banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples next week.

"We will submit the amendments to one of the laws on the support of children and orphans passed in the first reading next week," Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin told reporters on Monday.

The amendments will be a measure preventing same-sex couples from other countries from adopting Russian children he said. In particular, this is due to the fact that same-sex marriage has now been legalized in France.

The ban is expected to be included in the Russian Family Code, Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Neverov said on Monday.

"The group has also developed a number of other recommendations regarding this issue and we will bring them up for discussion during a joint session of the State Duma committees on family, women and children's affairs and on international affairs, which will take place on June 13," the press office of the United Russia party quoted Neverov as saying.

Neverov said that all members of the working group "expressed concern with the tendency related to the legalization of same-sex unions in foreign countries and the danger that has arisen of Russian underage orphans being adopted by foreign same-sex marriages."

Neverov said that it was right to continue improving the law in this sphere.

"And in particular, to develop additional measures to enhance consular control over the destiny of already adopted children in the countries recognizing same-sex marriages," the official said.

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has told reporters that deputies would pass amendments to the existing law banning same-sex couples from adopting children next week.

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