Three days after France became the 14th country in the world to legalise gay marriage, Vladimir Putin has signaled that Russia might change its adoption agreement with the country.
The Russian President said the French law which allows homosexual couples to adopt goes against traditional Russian values.
“As I said yesterday, you will see that we respect our partners, but we also ask that they respect the cultural traditions and ethical, legal and moral norms of Russia. I consider it fully appropriate to make changes to the relevant documents. It is a contemporary issue and we need to reflect on it,” said Putin.
The legalisation of gay marriage was part of French President Francois Hollande’s election manifesto, and the bill was finally passed on April 23.
However it has proved to be a difficult issue.
Even before this latest announcement by Russia, the bill polarised opinion in France, causing thousands of people on both sides of the debate to protest in the street.