(AFP) – MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday stressed that marriage is solely a heterosexual union and supported the idea of enshrining the notion in the country´s updated constitution.
“A marriage is a union of a man and woman,” he said at a meeting with a Kremlin-appointed committee discussing new amendments to the Russian constitution. “This is the right idea and it should be supported. We need to only think about how to formulate it and where,” he said after conservative lawmaker Olga Batalina said Russia´s constitution should uphold “traditional family values.”
She claimed the family is under attack from attempts to introduce new terms like “parent number one” and “parent number two.” “This is not fantasy, this is reality in some countries,” said Batalina, a senior lawmaker in the majority United Russia party who has lobbied for Russia´s ban on foreign adoptions and a “gay propaganda” law which de-facto outlawed LGBT activism.
“As long as I´m president, we won´t have (parent number one and parent number two). We will have ´dad´ and ´mom´,” Putin said. Putin in January announced that Russia needed changes to the constitution written in 1993 and appointed a committee of dozens of lawmakers and celebrities to come up with ideas.
At the televised meeting Thursday, members advised putting into the constitution phrases about Russia being a “peacemaking state” for humankind, and a country that was victorious in World War II, among a huge range of other offers.