Marriage equality = no adopting Russian orphans?


Russia is again threatening to hurt its own orphans by touting a ban on UK and French adoptions if plans to legalize same-sex marriage go ahead. “The British and French parliaments have legalized same-sex marriages,” Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Human Rights Envoy, is reported to have (incorrectly) said. “This narrows the chances of citizens of these countries adopting Russian children.”

Whether we can expect formal legislative action on a gay adoption ban remains unclear given that Russia’s children’s ombudsman clearly feels there is already a legislative mandate, but it does not seem out of the question. Moreover, the issue could be who else will Russia threaten to ban adopting from within its country, and for what reasons?


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