A statement by the Russian Orthodox Church on recent legal developments concerning homosexual unions in Western Europe. The ROC holds firmly to the orthodox view of marriage as a union between one man and one woman, a position shared by the overwhelming majority of the World’s Christians including all the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Roman Catholic Church.
“The legislative norm allowing homosexual unions to adopt and raise children appear especially dangerous. Evidently, these children will develop a view of parents, family and moral and social values completely different from the traditional ones. All this will contribute to further obliteration of differences between the sexes and subsequently to forcing out from public conscience the image of woman as mother, wife and guardian of the household. The final rejection of the idea that man and woman have special vocations and complement each other in family life threatens with destructive consequences for both the individual and society.”