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Russia warns it will not allow adoptions in France if gay marriage is allowed

By Mason White 5:17 PM April 28, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Russian lawmakers are standing up for the what they believe in.

Russian’s believe in traditional marriage, and they will not allow their children to be adopted by same-sex couples.

French President Francois Hollande has promised to sign the gay marriage bill into law recently.

In response, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia could change its arrangements for the adoption of Russian children in France and other Western countries if they legalize gay marriage.

Last year, the Russian Parliament, voted to ban the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families as a result of gay marriage being legalized in the U.S. The bill was signed into law by President Putin.

At a meeting with Russian lawmakers Putin said: “We respect our partners, but also ask they respect our cultural traditions, ethical standards, and morals. I consider it entirely appropriate to make changes to the relevant documents.”

Legislator Marina Orgiyeva suggested the changes in adoption agreements with France to ensure that Russian children do not fall into the hands of same-sex parents.

“Every country has a right to make their own rules and pass laws they feel is good for their country. Russia has the right to demand their children be raised according to their standards. The world is a big place. Unfortunately, there are many abandoned children who need a good home. Same sex couples can adopt from places like the U.S. which recognizes gay marriage,” Vladlena Azarov, 36, of Moscow, Russia told after learning about Putin’s warning to France.

Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993 and officially removed it from the list of psychiatric disorders in 1999, but same-sex marriage was never accepted, and remains socially unacceptable. Almost no public figures have come out as gay.

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