Russian lawmakers have unanimously supported amendments that ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, in a second reading vote on a broader bill. The ban would be also expanded to single people living in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
Russia's Parliament, the State Duma, passed the bill and amendments to the Russian family law in a first reading on April 16.
The amendments are expected to prevent same-sex couples from other countries from adopting Russian children, according to Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin.
The Russian authorities take these measures in response to the fact that same-sex marriage has now been legalized in France.
The ban will be included in the Russian Family Code, Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Neverov said on June 10.
According to him, all members of the State Duma group that works on the bill "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."
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