Israel agrees to Russia’s no-LGBT adoptions rule

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01/22/2020

Israel and Russia signed an adoption agreement on Wednesday, after a decade of negotiations, stipulating that same-sex couples may not adopt children from Russia. The countries finalized two agreements, one on adoption and the other on cooperation between the two foreign ministries. In accordance with Russian law, the adoption agreement prohibits LGBT couples from adopting Russian children. Several Israeli lawmakers took umbrage at the agreement. Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz said it is “a spit in the face of the LGBT community…. Netanyahu is getting in line with Putin’s homophobic policies and once again trampling the basic rights of hundreds of thousands of citizens of Israel who are members of the gay community.”

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