Thursday, February 13, 2014

Russia Limits Adoptions to Countries Allowing Same-Sex Unions

Russia introduced measures Thursday to restrict adoptions of children to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriages. A decree published on the government’s website states that a ban on adoptions will apply to married gay couples and unmarried couples. Restrictions will affect countries that traditionally adopt large quantities of Russian orphans, including Spain, France and Canada. Same-sex marriage is set to become law in the United Kingdom later this year. “Adoptions can be carried out by members of either sex with the exception of… people in a union of two people of the same sex that has been registered as a married according to the legislation of their country... and also unmarried people in such countries,” reads the decree, which has been signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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