Russia moves to same-sex adoption ban

first_imgPerth Now 21 June 2013Russian lawmakers have backed a bill that would place tough restrictions on adoption to countries where same-sex marriages are legal, following France’s vote last month allowing such unions. The bill could ban people in over a dozen countries from adopting Russian orphans even if they are single, according to an amendment that passed in the key second reading in the Duma lower house of parliament on Tuesday with an overwhelming vote of 443 to none. It is likely to be swiftly passed in the third reading and the upper house Federation Council. President Vladimir Putin has already vowed to sign it into law.The restriction would follow the approval last year of an adoption ban for citizens of the United States despite massive protests and petitions by thousands of people against the legislation. The new amendments say those to be banned from adoption include “persons in a marriage union between people of the same sex registered in a state where such a union is allowed, as well as citizens of such states that are not married”. “Adoption of this bill de-facto eliminates the chance for foreign persons of so-called non-traditional sexual orientation to adopt Russian children,” one of the bill’s authors Yelena Mizulina said ahead of the vote. The wording implies that couples in a heterosexual marriage would still be allowed to adopt Russian children. But single people would be banned, regardless of their sexual orientation.“A child should have a mother and a father, a child in a family has an idea of what the world is about,” said Duma deputy speaker Sergei Zheleznyakhttp://www.perthnow.com.au/news/breaking-news/russia-moves-to-same-sex-adoption-ban/story-fnhrvfwz-1226667206972last_img read more

Walters nears landmark

first_img Walters has been nursing a groin injury which saw him withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan. If the 30-year-old is included in the Potters first XI for the Albion match, he will be just three short of 100 consecutive league starts, but he insists he is only really concerned about his fitness ahead of the game. Stoke forward Jon Walters looks set to be available for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with West Brom having returned to training this week. Press Associationcenter_img Regarding the potential landmark, Walters, quoted by The Sentinel, said: “No, it doesn’t matter to me. Every game is a game and you just want to play. “You can make a big thing of it, but to me it’s only a number and there’s people who’ve played a lot more. It doesn’t make an ounce of difference to me. “The injury situation was far more important and I feel okay now after joining in training this week.” He added: “I don’t usually get muscle injuries, so it was a bit of a strange one for me. “It was a little tear in the groin which I picked up after half-an-hour of the Norwich game (a 1-0 home league defeat on September 29). “I jumped up for a corner and landed on my back, so I don’t know whether that’s when I did it. “I didn’t train afterwards, not until the Friday before the game at Fulham (a 1-0 away league reverse on October 5), but then I hurt it again during that game and thought it best to see the doctor. “He said that after a couple of injuries it wouldn’t be wise to go and play for Ireland in Germany, especially as we would have a lot of chasing back to do out there.” last_img read more