A couple in Russia may have stumbled upon a legal loophole that inadvertently sanctions gay marriage in Russia. Pavel Stotsko and Yevgeny Voyteskhovsky say Russia has recognized a same-sex marriage for the first time despite the fact that Russia does not register same-sex marriages.
What the couple found is that Russian family law recognizes marriages that were registered abroad if they do not "contradict article 14 of the Family Code." Article 14 bars marriages between close relatives and people who have already been registered as married but the code does not mention marriages between same-sex couples.
Stotsko and Voytsekhovsky were married in Copenhagen, a country where gay marriage is legal and a Moscow civil service staff member stamped their marital status page in their passport as married "without additional questions or any change in his facial expression."
Of course, Moscow's service center later denied registering the gay couple's marriage. The service center of Moscow later said in an online statement, "Employees of state service centers don’t stamp passports. Therefore, the information indicated in the news is false."
Russian deputies say that legislation should be made to close the gay marriage loophole. Leonid Slutsky, head of State Duma's committee on international relations said, "There should be and could be no loopholes in the law."
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