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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jul 21, 2013
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      Russian patriarch: Gay marriage wrong
      July 22, 2013 12:29PM

      THE head of the Russian Orthodox Church says the legal recognition of
      same-sex marriage is leading humanity to its doomsday.

      "This is a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse ... It means people are
      choosing a path of self-destruction," Patriarch Kirill told churchgoers
      at Kazan Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square on Sunday.

      In a nod to Vladimir Putin, the patriarch says he supports a ban on
      "homosexual propaganda" recently signed into law by the president, the
      Interfax news agency reported.

      Among the provisions of the internationally criticised legislation are
      high fines for speaking about homosexuality in the presence of children.

      Homosexuality has not been a criminal offence in Russian since 1993, but
      remains stigmatised in a country where the Orthodox Church still holds
      considerable sway. Gay rights parades are forbidden and activists have
      been brutally attacked.

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