Russia’s President Vladimir Putin wants to take his ban on all U.S. citizens from adopting orphans one step further—banning all foreign gay couples from adopting Russian children.
Putin has instructed the Russian government and Supreme Court to start drafting amendments to current adoption laws. He has given them a July 1 deadline, according to website Gay Russia.
The European country started enforcing a ban on U.S. citizens from adoption Russian orphans on January 1.
The Gay Star News writes that the ban comes as a result of the U.S. introducing visa and financial sanctions to Russia for its corruption and human rights violations.
Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev said that the ban will only harm the orphans.
“It will hardly have big consequences for foreign gays and lesbians but will harm Russian children who are kept in very miserable conditions,” he told GSN.
“It will be virtually impossible to define the sexual orientation of the prospective adoption parent, and it will only mean that the already very corrupted Russian adoption system will become even more corrupted, which is already very homophobic.”
While adoption by gay married couples may be banned soon, Russian law currently dictates that any non-U.S. citizen unmarried individual—regardless of sexual orientation—is allowed to adopt.