2013-07-03 16:42:00

Putin signs law banning adoption by same-sex couples

Moscow, July 3, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the federal law amending certain legal articles regarding orphans and children not in parental custody, the Kremlin press office said.

The law was passed by the Russian State Duma on June 21, 2013 and was approved by the Federation Council on June 26, 2013.

The federal law bans adoption, custody or patronage of children by same-sex couples. This measure is aimed at guaranteeing that the children have a balanced upbringing in their adoptive families and at protecting their mental health. Such precautions are due to the authorities' awareness of possible negative influences from such an arrangement: artificial imposition of untraditional sexual behavior and spiritual suffering and stress, which, according to psychologists, are often experienced by children with same-sex parents.