Putin signs into law ban on adoption by same-sex couples

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the federal law amending certain legal articles regarding orphans and children not in parental custody, the Kremlin press office said.

The law was passed by the Russian State Duma on June 21, 2013 and was approved by the Federation Council on June 26, 2013.

In order to financially support citizens adopting special needs children, the law proposes an increase of the one-time payment to up to 100,000 rubles when a child has a disability, is over seven years old or when multiple siblings are adopted simultaneously. The current payment is approximately 13,000 rubles.

The federal law bans adoption, custody or patronage of children by same-sex couples. This measure claims to be aimed at guaranteeing that the children have a balanced upbringing in their adoptive families and at protecting their mental health.

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