2013-06-06 17:05:00

Russia will rule out risk of Russian children's adoption by foreign same-sex couples

Moscow, June 6, Interfax - The risk of Russian orphans being adopted by same-sex couples will be fully ruled out, Russian Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov said.

"We will eliminate this risk. We will fully rule out this risk," Livanov told reporters on Thursday.

Russian children currently cannot be adopted by same-sex couples because the adoption of children by foreign couples is governed by the Russian legislation, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, he said.

"For this reason, we currently don't have this problem. However, of course, it is possible that people in other countries terminate their marriages and get married again. Here it is important to guarantee that all children adopted in Russia do not get into same-sex "families"," he said.

Livanov said changes will need to be made to the legislation and international treaties to avoid that. He said consultations are being conducted on the matter with France, where same-sex "marriage" has recently been legalized.