Putin signs law banning foreign LGBT adoptions

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:13 EDT
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at Energy Club Summit during an International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, on June 21, 2013. [AFP]
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President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a law banning gay and lesbian couples in foreign countries from adopting Russian children.

The measure was one of a series adopted by Russian authorities in recent weeks that have been slammed by civil rights leaders as discriminatory.

The Kremlin said in a statement that “the measure is aimed at guaranteeing a harmonious and full upbringing for children in adoptive families”.

It also bans adoption by unmarried individuals who live in countries with laws permitting same-sex marriages.

The Kremlin-backed measure was quickly rammed through parliament after the adoption of same-sex marriage laws by countries such as France and plans for referenda on the subject by nations such as Ireland.

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