Russian Orthodox Church Warns Society on Same-Sex Marriage Danger, Survival of Humankind

by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned society on the dangers of the “international campaign” behind same-sex marriage, and insisted that the traditional family structure is needed for the survival of humankind.

“Preservation of marriage as a union between a man and a woman based on love and mutual understanding and birth of beloved children are a precondition for survival of humankind,” Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said in a statement on Tuesday following a meeting at the upper house of the Russian parliament, ITAR-TASS News Agency said of reports in the world’s largest country.

Kirill added that the church is also concerned about marital infidelity and the “irresponsibility in relations between men and women,” in his message directed toward “all sober-minded people of Russia and other countries.”

The Orthodox head said that he believes preserving traditional marriage is more of a moral issue than a religious one, and so a secular state should prohibit same-sex marriages based on moral reasoning.

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