Russia won’t have gay marriages as long as I am president, vows Vladimir Putin

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - MARCH 16: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his meeting with health workers at the Almazov Medical National Research Centre on March 16, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The 2018 Russian Presidential Elections will take place on March 18. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Moscow – Russia will not legalise same-sex marriage as long as Vladimir Putin is president, the country’s leader said on Thursday.

“While I am president, it will not happen,” Putin told a meeting to discuss possible amendments to the constitution, according to comments carried by state media.

Public promotion of homosexuality is a crime in Russia under federal legislation signed into law by Putin in 2013.

Putin, 67, has been in power as president or prime minister for two decades, with his current term set to end in 2024. He is the longest-serving Russian or Soviet leader since Joseph Stalin.

Some of the amendments under consideration could enable Putin to retain authority after his term ends, as prime minister with expanded power, a lifetime senator or head of the advisory State Council.



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