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Russian Duma Votes to Ban Gay Adoption for Foreigners

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The lower house of Russia's parliament, the Duma, has overwhelmingly voted to ban adoption not only for foreign gay couples but single foreigners from any country where same sex marriage is legal. The bill was passed by an overwhelming 443 votes to 0. The bill is widely expected to be confirmed in its third reading on June 21, where it will proceed to the upper house and be signed into law by President Putin.

The BBC:

The amendments to Russia's family code say those banned from adoption would include "persons in a marriage union between people of the same sex registered in a state where such a union is allowed, as well as citizens of such states that are not married"."Adoption of this bill de-facto eliminates the chance for foreign persons of so-called non-traditional sexual orientation to adopt Russian children," said one of the bill's authors, Yelena Mizulina, in televised remarks.

The rationale behind this move was explained by the deputy speaker of the Duma Sergei Zheleznyak: 

"If a child ends up brought up by a gay couple, the child of course is seriously traumatized and develops a distorted notion of the surrounding reality."

This latest anti-gay spasm comes hot on the heels of a new law introducing fines of up to $3,000 for individuals who promote "non-traditional relations." These new laws represent a major setback for LGBT and civil rights campaigners. Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev expressed his outrage at the law:

"The State Duma is following a trend of the government trying to appeal to the illiterate, who are very homophobic."

The new laws demonstrate the increasingly incestuous  of the relationship between government and the Orthodox Church, as chronicledby Contributing Editor Cathy Young in Reason's January issue.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, however the Orthodox Church still seeks to prevent further reform to grant equality to homosexuals. In 2012, 40 percent of Russians disagreed with the statement 'Homosexuals should enjoy the same rights as others in Russia.'

The negative attitudes towards homosexuality are rooted  in Russia's recent history; the Soviet Union criminalized male homosexuality. The penalty for disobeying these laws could be a sentence of up to five years in a hard labor camp.

LGBT activists fear that the increasingly hostile stance of the government and wider society towards homosexuals may have contributed to a rise in the kind of homophobic attacks seen earlier this year.

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  1. Nothing says “We lurvs teh childrenz!” like forcing them to remain in often neglectful or abusive state run foster programs rather than be adopted into loving (if unconventional) families.

    1. Nothing says “We lurvs teh childrenz!” like forcing them to remain in often neglectful or abusive state run foster programs rather than be adopted into loving (if unconventional) families.

      It passed 443-0 in the Duma and 60% of Russian’s feel homosexuals shouldn’t have the same rights as heteralsexuals; so it is all good.

      1. Ain’t democracy grand?

        1. Should we send armed forces in to persuade them to do the right thing perhaps? Or should we sit and hope these exact same Russians will come up with constitutional protections for gays?

          Democracy isn’t the problem, stupidity and bigotry are.

          1. When the majority are stupid and bigoted, democracy is exactly the problem.

            1. And the alternative is?

  2. So what do we think the final form of the New Russian Imperium will be? Corporatist Kleptocracy? Czarist Theocracy? Fearmongering Surveillance State? Expansionist Empire?

    The possibilities are endless.

    1. “”””Corporatist Kleptocracy? Czarist Theocracy? Fearmongering Surveillance State? Expansionist Empire”””

      So they want to become the USA?

  3. Didn’t they already ban us from adopting their kids anyways?

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/28/…..?hpt=hp_t1

    So are we on like double secret probation now?

    1. Well, that law was passed to appeal to purely anti-American sentiments, the new law is about appealing to the anti-gay prejudices in Russia. It’s obvious that a single law wouldn’t be enough.

      1. It is anti-American sentiment and the sad fact that gay rights are something white people like. Outside of middle and upper class westerners, support for gay rights is pretty much nonexistent.

        1. And why focus on what Russia is doing when the bigger issue is American microaggression by cisgendered individuals?

        2. Now is the time to start discounting the wisdom of privileged white westerners?

          1. No dipshit. Now is the time to figure out how to save Western civilization and values. Because when there gone, it will be back to the dark ages for you and a whole lot of other people.

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