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Russia's anti-gay laws extended to foreigners

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The Duma has unanimously approved a bill that will prevent gay foreign couples, as well as single people from countries where gay marriage is legal, from adopting Russian orphans. The law comes after Russia banned all adoptions by US citizens this year, in retaliation against US sanctions on certain Russian officials.

The adoption bill was passed in its second reading by the Duma, and gets a final reading later this month. Its approval comes at a time of heightened homophobic sentiment in Russia. A bill outlawing “gay propaganda” is also due to be passed.