The Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner has said it is only “logical” to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.
Echoing a statement made by President Vladimir Putin on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France, Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said the change in law should mean an end to French couples adopting Russian children, regardless of their sexuality.
“It is evident that a moratorium should be imposed until [both countries’] legislation is brought into accord. This is logical,” he told press.
“I consider it fully correct to make changes to the appropriate documents. It is a current issue and we need to think about it,” said Putin in a meeting with lawmakers, going on to say foreign countries must respect Russia’s “cultural traditions and ethical norms.”
On Wednesday, France’s first same-sex wedding ceremony took place in the city of Montpellier, with the presence of the world’s media. The marriage between Vincent Autin, a 40-year-old PR firm head, and his husband Bruno Boileau, a 29-year-old government worker, was described by the city’s mayor as “historic”.