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Head of Russian Orthodox Church Urges Ban on ‘Any Attempt’ To Legalize Gay Marriage

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is asking lawmakers in the country to implement state-level bans on ‘any attempt’ to legalize same-sex marriage, saying that rejecting gay marriage is inherent in Christian doctrine.

RT reports:

Patriarch-Kirill“In a response to the broad international discussion of this issue we would like to make a resolute statement – marriage is a union between a man and a woman, based on love and mutual understanding and made in order to give birth to children,” Russia’s head cleric stated.

Patriarch Kirill promised that the church would provide support to all state and public institutions that seek to protect the traditional Christian values. He stressed, however, that such a move was not caused by a desire to influence politics, rather by the very nature of Christianity.

When the state adjusts its every move in accordance with the “natural moral norms” it does not become religious, but instead turns into a “reasonable guardian of the common good.”

Earlier this month, a spokesman for the church called for a referendum to criminalize homosexuality in Russia. 

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  1. The Orthodox Church is a corrupt institution which has made a lot of money. It's become a corruption of Christianity where money rules.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 28, 2014 7:37:49 PM


  2. What about senior citizens or people who can not have biological children...no marriage for them either?

    Posted by: JEFF YORK | Jan 28, 2014 7:49:02 PM


  3. Imagine no religion.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 28, 2014 7:59:05 PM


  4. Good Lord, Phil Robertson got a promotion.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 28, 2014 8:04:43 PM


  5. Another grotesquely repuslive head belonging to the great anti-gay hydra-headed snake makes its appearance...

    Posted by: juvenilejustice | Jan 28, 2014 8:08:12 PM


  6. Miss Thing is serving us 1989 Gaultier realness in that ensemble tonight.
    Werk Miss Priest.

    Posted by: Hoss | Jan 28, 2014 8:08:43 PM


  7. @RICHARD: No hell below us... or in Russia either.

    Posted by: MajorTom | Jan 28, 2014 8:08:50 PM


  8. The Russian Orthodox Church survived in the 20th century by cooperating with evil Communist dictatorships. Prior to the 20th century it thrived as the leading supporter of Czarist tyranny. No surprise that in the 21st century it is still the enemy of human freedom and equality.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 28, 2014 8:14:10 PM


  9. What? He said something? What did he say? I'm sorry I just can't get past that headdress. He looks as silly as someone wearing a lamp shade on his head.

    (Just imagine him and the pope having a little tete-a-tete and nodding at each other in agreement and their head pieces bang into each other. "Ah, excuse me." "No excuse ME." "Hey where do you get your hats made?"

    Posted by: james st. james | Jan 28, 2014 8:17:09 PM


  10. Now speaks the rat.

    Kirill is the true source and power base of anti-gay animosity in Russia.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 28, 2014 8:24:07 PM


  11. @Jason - I think you pretty much summed up almost every church.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 28, 2014 8:25:57 PM


  12. Hey, Patriarch Kirill, remember when you and your church were banned from Russian Society? Didn't learn your moral lesson, did you? You're not religious, you're a true sissy hiding behind your fairy tale.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 28, 2014 8:32:13 PM


  13. Couldn't even wait until Sochi was behind them. One manufactured crisis after another with LGBT as the scapegoat.

    Wake up Russian citizens. Your faithful leaders political & religious are playing you for fools. The building of Sochi has been shown to be the most corrupt Olympic undertakings of all time. Kirill made billions marketing cigarettes to Russian youth, his reward for backing Putin. Putin & his inner circle made off with billions that should have gone to the public. Shipping, oil, transportation, manufacturing, mining, broadcasting, armaments all in the hands of Putin cronies. All the anger diverted to innocent LGBT while they plunder the country. Pay no attention to the countries woes, listen to this man of God telling you to sacrifice your gay children, you gay brothers and sisters in the name of faith.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 28, 2014 8:46:04 PM


  14. Funniest hat EVER!

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jan 28, 2014 8:54:26 PM


  15. His hat looks like a space ship. The creatures on the top and bottoms of the hat look like aliens. His beard looks like flames coming out of the booster rockets.

    Patriarch Kirill orders: "Beam me up, Scotty."

    Posted by: john patrick | Jan 28, 2014 8:59:08 PM


  16. I propose a law that the Egg Man should always be followed around by Edie from Pink Flamingos.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 28, 2014 9:01:13 PM


  17. Tell Patriarch Kirill to read Mathew 23 - lots of comments about hypocrites who "tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." Also a lot of "woe" aimed in the general direction of religious hypocrites. But screw Jesus (real or imagined) and just listen to Kirill - what did Jesus know about Christianity anyhow?

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 28, 2014 10:06:23 PM


  18. join an atheist/agnostic/humanist organization today.

    religion must be destroyed.

    Posted by: ascanius1 | Jan 28, 2014 10:36:38 PM


  19. I'll give him this much

    his hat is cooler than the popes

    Posted by: Moz's | Jan 28, 2014 10:44:38 PM


  20. @ascanius1 : if you read the Bible passage I quoted above merely for its historical context, it is apparent that overbearing religious [explicative deleted in case of Towleroad filters] were as much of a problem 2000 years ago as they are today, at least for monotheistic religions.

    On a trip to Japan, I went on a tour of a Shinto temple and they told us that in Shintoism, anything that is mysterious has a "god" associated with it. In a religion with millions of gods, all on an equal footing, "God says" as some sort of imperative becomes rather meaningless - if you don't like it, just pick a different deity. The result is to encourage reverence without discouraging tolerance. Some Japanese, at least historically, considered monotheism to be rather scary as it seemed to create a "my way or the highway" approach to life.

    See http://books.google.com/books?id=cfS8RWn3y58C&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=Shintoism+tolerance&source=bl&ots=8SPi-KUOH4&sig=UOUneUE4dXnaY1T75f8L4TAmbqQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=L4joUoaUA83goATZ9ICQDg&ved=0CGEQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Shintoism%20tolerance&f=false for an overview - a lot of nastiness goes away when you have no founder, no dogma, and no sacred texts.


    Posted by: Bill | Jan 28, 2014 11:56:53 PM


  21. Who listens to a douchenozzle who uses the imperial plural while dressed in an Easter Bonnet like THAT.

    Posted by: Jumper | Jan 29, 2014 3:46:22 AM


  22. Hmmm, the new 'improved' model, where they have relocated the electrodes from the sides of his neck, to the top of his head...same MONSTER inside,tho, no change there

    Posted by: CodyJ | Jan 29, 2014 6:44:13 AM


  23. @HOSS

    YES!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 29, 2014 7:44:39 AM


  24. I bet his other hat is made of tinfoil.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 29, 2014 7:55:49 AM


  25. Someone really ought to have a word with this guy's dressmaker.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jan 29, 2014 12:18:36 PM


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