18233Russian patriarch: Gay marriage wrong
- Jul 21, 2013http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/russian-patriarch-gay-marriage-wrong/story-e6frfkui-1226682956182?from=public_rss
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.