President Vladimir Putin has ruled out legalizing gay marriage in Russia, noting that as long as he is president, it wouldn’t happen.
This, Putin, said yesterday in Kremlin, where he met a state commission to discuss the changes to Russia’s constitution.
67-year-old President said it is ridiculous to allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be ‘subverted’ by what he called
“parent number 1” and “parent number 2”.
“As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again: as long as I’m president this will not happen. There will be dad and mum,” Putin said.
Just last month, Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister and the entire Russian government resigned following that proposal by Putin of a constitutional reform which would allow him to remain in power indefinitely.
Addressing his parliament, Putin proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to increase the powers of parliament while maintaining a strong presidential system.
“I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution,” Putin said.