icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

‘Sexual orientation cannot be basis for restricting civil rights’: Russian MP slams proposals to ban same-sex marriage & adoption

‘Sexual orientation cannot be basis for restricting civil rights’: Russian MP slams proposals to ban same-sex marriage & adoption
Prominent Russian politician and TV presenter Oksana Pushkina has revealed her opposition to proposed amendments to the country’s ‘Family Code’, which would ban same-sex couples from marrying and adopting children.

On Wednesday, seven Russian politicians, led by Senator Elena Mizulina, introduced a package of bills that would legally prohibit same-sex marriage, ban gay couples from adopting children, and prevent people from getting married and adopting after gender reassignment.

In an interview with Russian channel TV Rain, Pushkina admitted that she called the changes “an absolutely insane law.” 

Also on rt.com After approval of constitutional changes, Russian lawmakers seek to ban gay marriage & adoption of children by LGBT couples

Referring to Article 19 of Russia’s Constitution, which guarantees equal rights and freedoms to all citizens, Pushkina emphasized that “sexual orientation cannot be the basis for restricting civil rights.”

On July 1, Russian citizens voted in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Before the vote, in March, the country’s Constitutional Court insisted that the change to the constitution does not end the state’s obligation to respect differences, including sexual orientation.

If you like this story, share it with a friend!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.