Russian State Duma Adopts Constitutional Amendments on Historical Faith In God And Traditional Marriage

Originally appeared at: Orthodox Christianity

The Russian State Duma and Federation Council approved a number of constitutional amendments yesterday, March 11. The foundational legal document now speaks of the importance of Russia’s historical faith in God and enshrines traditional marriage and family values.

As IA-Regnum reports, regarding faith in God, the constitution now reads:

The Russian Federation, united by a thousand-year history, preserving the memory of our ancestors who passed on ideals and faith in God to us, as well as continuity in the development of the Russian state, recognizes the historically established state unity.

Legislators also adopted an amendment that stipulates that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, effectively banning gay marriages, reports

Patriarch Kirill proposed adding a reference to God to the constitution last month, stating: ““The majority of Russian citizens believe in God. I’m not only talking about the Orthodox—I’m also talking about Muslims and many others.”

Yesterday, at the same time the Duma was voting to adopt the amendments, the Holy Synod of the Russian Church officially voiced its support for Pat. Kirill’s proposal.

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