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Putin rejects foreign adoptions by same-sex couples

Published: April 27, 2013 | 3:44 pm
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(CNA)-Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow should amend its adoption agreements with countries which have legalised gay marriage, BBC News reports.

Asked about the legalisation of same-sex marriage and adoption in France, he said other countries should respect Russia’s “moral standards”.

French President Francois Hollande is expected to sign the bill into law after it was passed by parliament.

Moscow has also linked adoptions to a US black list of its officials.

It has emerged that Russia warned the Irish Republic last month that it could stop the adoption of Russian children by Irish parents if the parliament in Dublin endorsed the Magnitsky Act.

The act places sanctions on 18 Russians allegedly involved in the death of anti-corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky in a Russian prison in 2009.

Russia banned Americans from adopting Russian children soon after the US Congress passed the legislation in December.

Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993 and officially removed it from a list of psychiatric disorders in 1999.

However, demonstrations by gay rights activists have been banned.

In France itself, the same-sex bill has divided society. Opponents have held several mass demonstrations in Paris, some of which have seen protesters clashing with police.

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