The Russian leader is also against same-sex adoption.

Vladimir Putin has claimed that he feels it’s his duty to prevent same-sex marriage from ever becoming legal in Russia.

He made the claim during an interview with Oliver Stone for the Showtime series The Putin Interviews, which has aired in the US this week.

“I can tell you this… as head of state today, I believe it’s my duty to uphold traditional values and family values,” Putin said.

“Why? Because same-sex marriages will not produce any children.

 “God has decided, and we have to care about birth rates in our country. We have to reinforce families.

“That doesn’t mean that there should be any persecution against anyone.”

Putin also added that he doesn’t believe in same-sex couples being allowed to adopt children either.

“I cannot say that [gay adoption] is welcomed by our public,” he said.

“I say this frankly. As in my view, children will have a freer choice when they become adults if they grow up in a traditional family.”

Despite being against same-sex marriage and adoption – as well as introducing the anti-LGBT ‘gay propaganda’ law in 2013 – Putin claimed that Russia is actually a liberal society.

“There is no situation like in some Muslim countries where homosexuals face death penalty,” he argued.

“We have no restrictions or harassment based on gender. Moreover, many people explicitly talk about their non-traditional sexual orientation.

“We maintain relations with them and many of them achieve outstanding results in their activity… they even get state awards and orders for their achievements.”

They may get state awards, Putin, but we reckon they’d rather the basic human right to marry the person they love and start a family of their own.

 

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