Children from Russia may not be adopted by same-sex couples

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning adoptions of children from Russia by same-sex families from other countries.

According to the document, “the adoptive parents can be adults of both sexes, except for those in union between persons of the same sex, recognized as marriage and recorded as such in accordance with the laws of the state where the marriage was occurred, as well as persons who are nationals of the said state and are unmarried.”

According to the authors of the bill, implementation of the decree will help to improve the transmission procedure for children, “left without parental care, to families of citizens of Russia and foreign citizens and to protect the rights and interests of these children.”

Also, according to the decree, the duration of preparing and issuing (by the Child Protection Services) the approvals/denials for citizens that want to be adoptive parents or guardians, has been reduced from 15 to 10 days, “Interfax” reports.

Under the new rules, those wishing to adopt a child no longer need to provide a certificate of conformity of sanitary and technical standards for their accommodation.

In the summer last year, President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law banning adoption of orphans by same-sex couples.

Supporters of the ban argued that this measure aims to ensure that children have harmonious and adequate foster care, protecting their psyche and consciousness from the possible undesirable effects - “artificial imposition of unconventional sexual behavior, as well as from forming complexes, mental suffering and stress, which, according to studies by psychologists, is often observed in children raised by same-sex parents.”

Moscow Patriarchate of Orthodox Church praised the introduction of the ban. “The decision to protect Russian children from such experiments is the sovereign choice of our state and society - they can make such a choice without being subject to pressure by anyone,” said the head of the Synodal Information Department Vladimir Legoida.

In turn, the US State Department criticized the ban, saying that it discriminates against people with different sexual orientation. “We think it is very important to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world,” said in June last year the State Department spokesman Jennifer Psaki.

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