2013-08-15 17:15:00

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin surprised by Lukin's stance on same-sex "marriage"

Moscow, August 15, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed surprise about the loyal stance of Russian human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin on same-sex "marriage".

Lukin earlier said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio that he believes same-sex "marriage" could very well be possible in Russia, but the opinion of the majority of the population needs to be taken into account. He also suggested that a decision on this matter should be made in several stages.

"I have always seen Mr. Lukin, whom I like, as a moral person who respects real family values. It's difficult to imagine what he means when he makes such a statement," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.

He said he is hoping the ombudsman will always be oriented towards the opinion of the people, about whom the priest believes "will say somewhat different things from what Vladimir Petrovich said" if the issue of same-sex "marriage" is discussed at a referendum, for example.