Russian Orthodox Church: Gay Marriage Brings Us Closer to Apocalypse

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 10:12 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The legalization of same-sex marriages in the West puts those nations on a path to apocalyptic doom, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned.

During a Sunday service at the Kazan Cathedral on Red Square, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said governments in mostly Western countries that have sanctioned same-sex unions are justifying sin, The Moscow Times reported.

"We face enormous temptations when countries start approving sin and codifying it into law in order to justify it," Itar-Tass quoted him saying.

"This is a very dangerous apocalyptic symptom, and we must do everything in our powers to ensure that sin is never sanctioned in Russia by state law, because that would mean that the nation has embarked on a path of self-destruction. . . . Where sin is elected through freedom, there comes death, terror and dictatorship."

The Moscow Times quoted him saying that those who oppose " these minority-imposed laws are subject to repression," adding: "It's a very dangerous sign of apocalypse."

The newspaper also reported that Kirill spoke in support of a controversial law strengthening the penalties for "propagating homosexuality among minors". President Vladimir Putin signed the measure into law on June 30, as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Gay rights activists in Russia and abroad deemed the bill “anti-gay." In a statement on GayRussia.eu, a Russian gay-rights activist wrote that Putin violated Russia’s international obligations by signing the law, the Huffington Post reported.

Although homosexuality has not been a crime in Russia since 1993, it carries a heavy social stigma in a country still strongly influenced by the Orthodox church.

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