Russia's Putin signs law banning gay adoptions

MOSCOW Wed Jul 3, 2013 1:52pm EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro (not pictured) attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 2, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro (not pictured) attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, July 2, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples, as part of an increasingly conservative agenda the Kremlin is pursuing since his return to power.

Earlier this week Putin signed another law banning gay "propaganda", which human rights groups say has fuelled hate crimes against homosexuals.

Putin, who has embraced the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority and harnessed its influence as a source of political support, has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012.

The latest law aims to protect children from "dictated non-traditional sexual behavior" and rid them of "distresses of soul and stresses, which according to psychologists' research, are often experienced by children raised by same-sex parents," according to a fact sheet on the Kremlin's website.

The 60-year-old president denies there is discrimination against gays.

Homosexuality was decriminalized after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but a recent poll by the independent Levada Centre found 38 percent of Russians believe gay people need treatment and 13 percent said they should face prosecution.

Gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev said of the new law: "I think it will lead to an increase in corruption in the (adoption) process, but many foreigners, including homosexuals, will still be able to adopt Russian children in the future."

Foreign adoptions in Russia are largely run by agencies which act as go-betweens for state institutions and adopting families.

(Reporting By Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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desertlover wrote:
This country should do the same thing.

Jul 03, 2013 2:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Nicely capped. Ban propaganda, public display of stupidity, and adoption by the unstable-minded. Promote strong values and a strict though productive modus vivendi. Other problems that arise from a degradation in values can be automatically countered. Drug use, broken homes, alcoholism, AIDs crisis, population decline, etc. All in one fell swoop of promotion of the traditional can these problems be countered. Religion is only a factor because of the strong role it plays in peoples’ lives in Russia. The West does not understand that very well at all. Their Christianity is diluted and deluded, and their devotion to their sub-faiths is confused at best. Thus, they do not conceive of the way Eastern Europe sees religion. The majority cannot be ignored, and their religion – something that they hold dear – has been the target of protests and foul excuses for freedom of speech by those who don’t care to show any respect. No reason to tolerate that nonsense. The voices of dissent are a cacophony, not a chorus. And they are just one part of a vast array of challenges to sound governance.

Also, homosexuality in animals emerges mostly when there is overpopulation or crowding. It is nature’s population control. Look at North America. The only land is federally protected, like the beautiful ancient Algonquin Park here in Ontario. Everything else that was here before this place was colonised is dead. Every bit of land that is not federally protected from complete destruction is either private property or farmland, and you can drive for miles, for days, without any place to actually stop. Cleary, North America is greedy and over-populated. Granting excesses of freedoms is leading to demands for more and more from those who do nothing to further the proper functionality of the system.

Finally, having your sexual orientation state-sanctioned – either for or against – is simply unimportant. Giving some peace of mind to a population that tends to be deeply pious in their now ancient and deeply established religious practice is logical. However, what it means to forbid propaganda while acknowledging genuine civil rights, is that no matter who you are, if you trash the city with mutinous and disordered marches or attack another person, you will be dealt with accordingly by the law. As much as religious sensitivities are being appealed to, and as much as I respect others’ sensitivities in their cultural and religious practices, this is not a law that is saying to go ahead and attack those of sexual minorities.

Jul 03, 2013 2:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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