Moscow, February 4, Interfax - Head of the Russian State Duma committee for legislation and state-building Pavel Krasheninnikov opposes proposals to entrench the notion of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, as well as a reference to God, in the constitution.
"The notion of marriage is laid down in our Family Code. It seems to me, it should not be [incorporated] into the Constitution," Krasheninnikov said in response to a question from Interfax on Tuesday.
Nor does he want the Fundamental Law to mention God.
"My view is that, if God is in your soul, then he's there. Regardless of whether or not he is spelled out in the text of the law," Krasheninnikov said.
"There are other texts we can follow," he said.
Defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution was proposed by Duma Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy.
Including a reference to God in the constitution was proposed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.