2006-05-15 15:02:00

Propaganda of homosexuality equal to suicide - expert

Moscow, May 15, Interfax - Serafim Melentyev, head of the World Development Institute, actively backed the Russian Orthodox Church on the inadmissibility of advertising homosexuality.

"Advertising homosexuality taking into consideration the disastrous demographic situation in the country is equal to suicide, as the patriarch said. In my opinion, this is the best wording," Melentyev said at a press conference on Monday in Moscow.

This "should be the position not only of the church, but also of society," he said.

"Today Russians are dying. And it is evident that homosexual families cannot have children," the expert said.

At the same time, homosexuality "is not only a disease, but a social pathology," priest Maxim Obukhov, head of the Orthodox Zhizn (Life) medical and enlightenment center, said at the press conference.

"That is why it is unacceptable to advertise homosexuality anywhere. Because the number of people born homosexuals is quite low. A lot of people become involved through the mass media and various public organizations," the priest said.