Russia Just Made Its Anti-Gay Laws Even Stricter

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Feb. 13 2014 11:24 AM

Russia Just Made Its Anti-Gay Laws Even Stricter

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a Cabinet meeting in his Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, on February 12, 2014

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The world's attention may be focused on Sochi, but that isn't stopping Moscow from reminding everyone exactly how Vladimir Putin's government feels about gays and lesbians. Here's the Wall Street Journal with the latest anti-gay decision from Putin's government:

Josh Voorhees Josh Voorhees

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

Russia banned adoptions by single people from countries where same-sex marriage is legal on Thursday....
The decree reiterates a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples who are in unions "recognized as marriages and registered in accordance with the law of a country where such marriages are permitted." It also bans adoptions by "nationals of such countries who are not married."
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The measure came as an amendment to last year's law that banned any and all same-sex couples from adopting children (a law that came only days after the country implemented its absurd ban on "gay propaganda.") The new decree doesn't impact Americans, but that's only because all American citizens were already banned from adopting Russian children back at the end of 2012. It does, however, mean singles in a whole host of countries—Great Britain, Brazil, France, etc.—will now be ineligible from adopting Russian children.

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