Moscow: Foreign same-sex couples will be officially banned from adopting Russian children, a top official said. "In accordance with the Russian Family Code, same-sex couples are barred from adopting children," said Alexei Levchenko, an aide to Russian deputy premier overseeing social issues, Olga Golodets.
"Most likely, courts won`t authorise such adoptions without any additional legislative acts. However, an additional amendment will be passed, stipulating that adoptions are possible only for two-parent (traditional) foreign couples," Levchenko said.
Russia`s ombudsman for children`s rights, Pavel Astakhov, earlier said that Moscow should impose a moratorium on adoptions by French citizens now that France allows same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
He said the Russian-French agreement on adoptions should be reconsidered because France`s endorsement of gay marriage directly contradicts Russian legislation.