Russian kids in Sweden after ‘gay adoption ban’

Thirteen Russian children have been united with their adoptive parents in Sweden, ten months after they were denied the opportunity due to Russia's disapproval of Sweden's same-sex marriage laws.

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The Russian children were in line to be adopted by Swedish parents in October, but a court decision in Russia overturned the chance, effectively banning international adoptions to all countries which afforded homosexual couples equal marriage rights.

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Since then, Swedish adoptive parents to 13 children have fought hard to get the children to Sweden.

On Monday, Sweden’s largest adoption agency Adoptionscentrum announced that the 13 children, all of whom had met with their parents, had finally arrived in Sweden.

“I’m very glad that we’ve got such a great result and that the children are together with their families,” Jonas Friberg, chairman of the agency’s board, told The Local.

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