Russia restricts adoptions to countries where gay marriage is legal

Medvedev and Putin

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a
government resolution imposing restrictions on the adoption of Russian children by
citizens of countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

The document, which introduces amendments to last year’s adoption law, was placed
on the Russian government’s website on February 13.

The document says that persons in official same-sex relations from countries where
such relations are legally recognized, as well as unmarried heterosexual individuals
from such countries, cannot adopt Russian orphans.

“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

Russia passed a law last year that bans the promotion of gay “propaganda” to minors.