The Russian lower house of parliament the Duma has passed in the third reading a bill placing adoption restrictions on nations allowing same-sex marriage.
The bill now goes before the Senate, and then to President Putin for signature. Both are expected to be a formality. The Duma gave unanimous backing for the bill, with not a single vote against.
The deputy speaker of the house warned that if a child ended up with a homosexual couple it “could cause severe damage and the child ends up with a distorted perception of reality”.
Last week a law was passed imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.
France recently became the 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage.