Russia seems to have recognised a gay marriage unknowingly. The claim surfaced after the send a tax return to a prominent LGBT rights activist who had married his husband in the United States. Russian LGBT Network director Igor Kochetkov took to Facebook revealing that he received a tax deduction from Russia's Federal Tax Service on his husband's behalf earlier this month. Interestingly, this is not the first time Russian officials recognised a gay marriage because of the existing laws in the country's family law. LGBT Activist Keshav Suri, Co-Owner of Lalit Hotels Dresses in Drag and Dances With His Mother (Watch Video)
While Russia does not register same-sex marriages, the Russian family law recognises marriages that were registered abroad as long as they are not between close relatives or already married people. On the three-year anniversary of his marriage to activist Kirill Fyodorov, Igor Kochetkov took to Facebook in a long post writing, "The state made this tax deduction and has thus recognized our marriage." He adds, Since neither of us is in another marriage, we’re not close relatives, adoptive parents or adopted children… our marriage is recognized in Russia." Pride Day 2020 Date: History, Significance and Celebrations to Observe This Revolutionary Day, Marking the Start of LGBT Pride Month in June
Here is Russian LGBT rights activist's Igor Kochetkov Facebook Post:
Meanwhile, next week, Russians will vote on some constitutional amendments which will not only allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, but also make marriage as a union between a man and a woman in Russia's basic law. Igor says in his post, "It's too late. Same-sex marriages are already in Russia." He further says, "Equality of all before the law is a fundamental constitutional principle that no new amendments can undo." Addressing fellow same-sex couples he told them to "get out of the closet and lay your claims in Russia." He writes about marriage saying, "Same-sex marriages are already in Russia. Our existing marriages should be subject to the same rules of law as unions of men and women. The equality of all before the law is a fundamental constitutional principle that no new amendments cancelled."
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