(FamilyRetirementClub.com) – Vladimir Putin says he wants to codify marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the Russian constitution.
The Russian president made these comments as part of a constitutional reform meeting last week. During that discussion, one conservative said people would like the word “family” to be defined as a “union of a man and a woman.”
Putin agreed wholeheartedly:
“We need to clarify some things. A marriage is a union of a man and a woman. A family is a different thing, but the idea is right and it should be supported. We need to only think about how to formulate it and where.”
That same conservative legislator, Olga Batalina, brought up how some people introduce terms such as “parent number one and parent number two” to avoid confusion in the new world that we live in. But Putin was having none of that.
“As for ‘parent #1′ and parent #2,’ I have already publicly said and I will repeat it once more: as long as I am president, we will not have parents #1 and #2. We will have ‘papa’ and mamma.'”
Putin’s words may sound quite out there, but Russia actually wouldn’t be the first country to institute something like this. Back in 2018, Matteo Salvini, then the deputy prime minister of Italy, had the words “parent 1” and “parent 2” replaced from government forms that were available online with “mother” and “father.”
France, meanwhile, has done just the opposite. In 2019, the country passed a new law that required schools to put “parent 1” and “parent 2” in their documents in place of “mother” and “father.”
Laws against homosexuality is nothing new for Russia. Putin has already signed bills that outlaw any promotion of same sex marriage, homosexuality and gay pride parades in the Russian Federation, with exorbitant fines and/or time in prison for spreading “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” The Russian president has also in the past supported laws that would prevent same-sex couples who were married in other countries from adopting Russian children.
It should be no surprise, then, that Putin and his government in Russia are attempting to solidify their views on same sex couples and homosexuality in general by putting language into the country’s constitution that would define what a marriage is … or removing any language that would be contrary to their beliefs.
Putin and his supporters have their definition of what a marriage should be, and what parents should be, and they are going to stop at nothing to make sure that others in the country have no choice but to respect that.