at stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved on our hearts.” Despite the Cardinal’s protests, Argentina approved same sex marriage in 2010 making it the first Latin American country to legalize the unions.Unlike Argentina, there remains strong public support for the same sex adoption ban in Russia.While homosexual behavior was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, a poll by the Levada Center, an independent research center, revealed that 38 percent of Russians believe that homosexuality is a disorder, and that homosexuals need medical treatment.
It is likely that the Russian people are responding to some recent high-profile cases in which Russian children were adopted and later, sexually abused by same sex couples.
In fact, during the same week that Justice Kennedy was issuing his ruling on same sex marriage, a district court in Indiana was hearing arguments against a gay couple who purchased a child from a Russian surrogate and sexually abused that child for the first six years of his life.
According to international media reports, including Pravda and Australia’s Sydney-Herald, Mark Newton, 42, an American, and his Australian “spouse,” Peter Truong, 26, traveled to Russia in 2005, and paid a surrogate $8,000 to carry their child.
The House also voted to forbid single people who are citizens or permanent residents of countries that allow same sex marriage to become adoptive parents or legal guardians of Russian children.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was issuing his opinion that the Defense of Marriage Act “humiliated tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples,” Russia’s House of Parliament voted unanimously to ban the adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples from abroad.