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Russia considers ban on adoptions by foreign same-sex couples

MOSCOW, June 10 (UPI) -- Russian lawmakers may decide to ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, officials said Monday.

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Monday the lower house is considering passing legislation that would ban adoptions of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, ITAR-Tass reported.

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The lower house will vote on the legislation next week, Naryshkin said.

Sergei Neverov, the State Duma's vice speaker who also leads the working group for adoptions, said the group has expressed a "concern over a tendency towards legalizing same-sex marriages in some countries and a danger that Russian orphans may be adopted by foreign same-sex couples."

Currently, 14 countries worldwide allow same-sex marriage.

"That is why we believe it is correct to continue work on updating legislation in that sphere," Neverov said. He added that measures were being discussed "to tighten consular control over the fate of the children already adopted into the countries that recognize same-sex marriages."

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