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The Russian president, Vladimir PutinHe said Thursday that, "as long as he is president", marriages between people of the same sex will never be legalized in Russia.

"As regards the 'number one parent and number two parent', I already spoke publicly and I say it once again: as long as I am president there will be no parent one and two, there will be a father and a mother," he said as he presided meeting of the working group that studies the amendments to the Constitution, according to local media.

Putin thus responded to the proposal of the ultraconservative deputy Olga Batalina to include in the Constitution the traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

Batalina recalled that only ten years ago nobody could imagine that the words "father and mother" would be replaced by the concepts "parent number one and parent number two".

"It is a reality in some countries. This has aroused the desire of some authors, who have sent their amendments. They want to state in the Constitution that the family is the union between a man and a woman," said the deputy.

In this regard, Putin responded that this proposal is doubtful and referred to the families in which one of the parents or both is missing.

"And if it is an incomplete family? Then what? We are going to specify some questions. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman and the family is a little different," he said.

"They don't produce children"

Putin, who since his rise to power 20 years ago has supported the conservative morality promoted by the Russian Orthodox Church, has always expressed himself categorically against the homosexual union.

"Homosexual marriages do not produce children," said the head of the Kremlin, who usually preaches against "genderless and sterile" liberalism.

Among other measures, it forced countries such as Spain or Italy to include in the adoption agreements signed with Russia the condition that Russian children could not be adopted by homosexual and single couples.

Although homosexuality ceased to be a crime in this country in 1993, Putin enacted a law against gay propaganda – including gay pride marches – on the grounds that it can represent psychological and moral harm to minors.

Putin, who separated in 2013 from his wife Ludmila, with whom he was married for 30 years and has two daughters in common, should leave the Kremlin in 2024.