‘Gay Marriage Means You Can’t Have Our Orphans,’ Says Russia

Russia is once again threatening to hurt its own orphans by touting a ban on UK and French adoptions if plans to legalize same-sex marriage go ahead.

“The British and French parliaments have legalized same-sex marriages,” Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Human Rights Envoy, is reported to have (incorrectly) said. “This narrows the chances of citizens of these countries adopting Russian children.”

This comes after MPs voting for England, Northern Ireland and Wales voted on Tuesday to advance at its second reading, but not yet pass, a Conservative-backed marriage equality bill. The vote came in at a considerable 400-175 in favor.

In December, Russian lawmakers voted by an overwhelming majority to ban the United States from adopting children from within its borders as retaliation for the U.S. implementing travel restrictions over the death of Sergei Leonidovich Magnitsky, a Russian attorney and auditor who dared to expose evidence of widespread corruption among the Russian establishment.

Russian lawmakers attempted to clothe their obvious retaliation by suggesting that Americans were routinely adopting and then harming Russian children, citing a small number of isolated cases to supposedly prove their point.

Now it appears Russian authorities are promulgating that domestic laws and, apparently with unabashed seriousness, the UN Convention on Human Rights prevents Russia from allowing gay parents to adopt.

Reports the Telegraph:

Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman, said in a newspaper interview on Tuesday that adoption by foreign gay couples would be against the constitution.

“This position [on gay marriages] is stated in our basic laws, the Family Code and the constitution,” he said. “They put it straight that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. We do not have anything else. Full stop.” Mr Astakhov added: “The UN Convention says a child has a right to a mother and a father. And we can’t change this model.”

Russia’s anti-gay leanings are no secret. The Russian Duma recently advanced legislation that would create a national “homosexuality propaganda” ban, legislation so vague that it smacks of being used to abridge any and every freedom that can remotely be passed off as promoting gay rights in the public sphere.

That the Russian authorities have the audacity to cite the UN Convention without blushing over Russia’s absolute failure to uphold key articles, like freedom of assembly, demonstrates a callous disregard for the letter and spirit of the document in question; that they are attempting to use their own orphans as pawns in their political machinations is appalling.

Russia’s ridiculous efforts to re-criminalize homosexuality haven’t gone unnoticed though, with both German and EU foreign ministers having condemned Russia for its advancing the propaganda ban.

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, went so far as to release a statement, saying:

“The implementation of this law could reinforce discrimination against LGBT people as well as all those who support them and their choices, in particular by limiting their freedom of expression and their freedom of association and assembly. The High Representative calls on the Russian Federation to uphold its national and international commitments – in particular in the framework of the Council of Europe as a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights – to protect the enjoyment of these rights by all individuals.”

Whether we can expect formal legislative action on a gay adoption ban remains unclear given that Russia’s children’s ombudsman clearly feels there is already a legislative mandate, but it does not seem out of the question. Moreover, the issue could be who else will Russia threaten to ban adopting from within its country, and for what reasons?


Related Reading:

Is Russia About to Ban the US From Adopting Its Children?

Abortion is Killing Adoption (Says the Religious Right)

Russians Attacked at Gay Kiss-In Protest

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Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins3 years ago

A child has a right to a mother and a father?

They are orphans that do not have either! How is not having any parents better than having two parents of the same gender?

Tammy B.
Tammy B.3 years ago

OK see I do not want to be gay never have never will, though firmly believe to judge those who are is worse than the act of being gay. That said, how can Russians not realize to be gay does not equal being a pediphile? It dosen't! I have been molested by more straight men and feel a lot less safe in their presence than a gay man! Guess the poor Russians need more life lessons. Hopefully they won't have to be at the expense of the children who don't get adopted. Further gay couples have a lot more money often times than others with children already using all of whatever they have.There are a lot of other countries with orphans too.

Beth M.
Beth M.3 years ago

Russia is shooting itself in the foot and world opinion will not be in their favor.

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen3 years ago

where are those people prasing God for the disaster they got? If homosexuals cause tornados, then asterotids...

then of course the fact of no god to do such things.

idiots, everywhere.

Dee C.
Dee C.3 years ago

Great article Steve and its a shame that they are doing this..It is always the children who pay dearly for garbage like this..

Thanks for sharing..and shame on Russia,,

thekrrib b.
Yvette B.3 years ago

Green star to Deborah H, that's another side of it yet again. OMG!! I could not even fathom that someone would adopt a child purely on the way they look over a child from their own country! Good genetics I can understand (yet another result of GFC) but treating children like designer animals (even that term sickens me) is totally screwed. Although it doesn't surprise me, I am naive on this matter to say the least =(

thekrrib b.
Yvette B.3 years ago

continued ..... I myself support Gay marriage and, for the life of me, can not think why the heteros think they are so much better at it than any gay couple (looking at the statistics) and why has it taken so long to be legalised at all? In some countries people are BEING KILLED because they are Gay!! Maybe we should kill all the Chimpanzees too, because they practice homosexual acts and are our closest relatives. Bottom line, maybe the children will get a great family, maybe they won't, maybe they'll have issues, maybe they won't. In my experience, that's life. We can only hope that the adoption process does it's best and maybe things will work out for them. I bet some people wish they had someone to veto thier blood family and look out for them too. COME ON RUSSIA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!? Hmmm ..... it makes me wonder.

thekrrib b.
Yvette B.3 years ago

I'm a HUGE believer in adopting 'strays' be it animals or human animals. There are 7 billion people in the world already and, in our current society, we are having problems finding energy/food etc to sustain us all (of course it's all out there but greed stops the distribution). Slavery is rising, animal cruelty is rising, brother killing brother is rising as poverty increases, and just living is becoming increasingly difficult for many (GFC case in point). I get that people argue don't take the kids from their heritage etc and that there's enough people in Russia to adopt all the kids, but they don't (or they are not allowed to) so what to do? I get that people argue that children must have a mother and father to get input from male and female but how many children are born into families where this does not happen? There are bad people everywhere, hetero, gay, UK, Russia wherever and these people are having children. There is no guarantee that a child won't be born into an abusive family and hence grow up to be, say, an axe murderer. People that adopt are vetoed and the idea of denying these children a chance with a gay couple is absurd. In Western culture our laws are based on Christian values and so, centuries of thinking hetero is right, with no room for anything else, has deemed homosexuality as wrong. Homosexuality is part of the natural world and thankfully, unlike violence (which is also part of the natural world) is not a form of abuse or disadvantage. I myse

Wendy yukihiro
Wendy yukihiro3 years ago

Sad- Thanks for sharing

Colleen Prinssen
Colleen Prinssen3 years ago

Russia is not wanting anyone to have their Orphans.