During a press conference at the European Union-Russia summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he will support a ban from Russian orphans being adopted by non-Russian same-sex couples. Putin added that the proposed legislation is not based on homophobic discrimination despite the country’s anti-LGBT sentiments.
“If such a law is passed by the Parliament of the country, I will sign it,” said Putin. “I think our legislation is very liberal in this way, and there is no discrimination, none at all.”
Putin later explained why the proposed ban isn’t promoting LGBT discrimination.
“People of any preferences work and have careers and we recognize them at a state level in the areas where they work. I consider there are no problems here,” Putin stated.
The Russian President wasn’t pleased when journalists interrogated him further on the adoption ban.
“Listen, you’ve worn me out with these same-sex marriages. Wherever you go! I went to Europe, they’re waving flags; I came here and again you’re nagging me about this,” President Putin added.
“Really, we should be more tolerant and show less aggression – that applies both to people of traditional and non-traditional orientation.”
In defiance against Putin’s views, Amsterdam raised LGBT flags during his visit to their country in April.
Since March, Putin has urged its Supreme Court to draft the proposed ban while he has used France’s recent approval of marriage equality as a “fully correct” reason to ban gay adoptions.
“I consider it fully correct to make changes to the appropriate documents. It is a current issue and we need to think about it,” Putin said in April.
Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov supported Putin, calling it a “logical decision” to halt French couples in adopting Russian children.
“It is evident that a moratorium should be imposed until [both countries’]legislation is brought into accord. This is logical,” Astakhov said in May.
Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets commented that LGBT couples’ rights were in conflict with Russia’s heritage and has already drafted legislation for heterosexual foreign couples to adopt Russian children.
Russia has been severely anti-LGBT in recent months, going to extreme lengths to ban pride parades as “illegal” for the next 100 years. LGBT activists have petitioned the European Council to ban Russia for its treatment of LGBT issues.
“A country that openly discriminates between the ‘first’ and ‘second-rank’ citizens and has a record of violating international laws can’t be a member of the European Council,” the petition stated; it was able to gather over a thousand signatures.
Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland insisted that Russia allow LGBT Pride parades.
“Russian authorities have an obligation to also protect that LGBT people can express their views and entertain demonstrations in order to express their views. This is a fundamental principle in the European Convention on Human Rights,” Jagland said.
If fined for “homosexual propaganda,” citizens will have to pay $16,000 or be sentenced to two years in prison. In December 2012, Lady Gaga was fined for promoting the “homosexual propaganda.”
According to a study by the Levada Center, they discovered 85 percent of Russians opposed marriage equality, 27 percent believed that homosexuals needed treatment while 5 percent said that gays should be liquidated.