Russia Makes Its Anti-Gay Policies International With Expanded Adoption Ban

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Photo: MIKHAIL METZEL/2014 AFP

While Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Sochi, striking a blow for gay rights and international harmony by hugging a bisexual Dutch speed skater, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was back in Moscow, signing a law banning adoptions of Russian kids by single people in countries where gay marriage was legal. Just in case. This is an expansion of last summer's ban on adoptions by same-sex couples, which came in conjunction with the law banning "gay propaganda," which basically means any expression of being gay at all. Americans already can't adopt Russian children, but this amendment means that in other countries where gay marriage is legal, only straight, married people would be able to adopt Russian kids. Good thing Russian orphanages are so comfortable.