Ukraine Church leaders reject constitutional move on same-sex rights


Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms.

The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn.

The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organisations, a group of 19 churches and faiths including Catholics and Orthodox, have issued a letter in response to the amendments.

Yesterday, the council said in their letter: “These provisions threaten to plunge the Ukrainian state into the abyss of immorality and sin, to destroy the family as the basic social institution and popularise relationships between persons of the same sex which are unnatural for human beings.”

“In its appeals, our council has stressed the need to incorporate, in one way or another, principles of identity and human relations which are traditional for Ukrainian citizens,” the council said.

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