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Orthodox Bishops Reject Gay Marriage

August 30, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The nation's Orthodox Christian bishops, voicing "deep concern" over efforts to sanction gay marriage, said this week they "cannot and will not bless same-sex unions."

The bishops, representing more than 5 million Christians in the nine major Orthodox churches in North America, said "marriage is necessarily monogamous and heterosexual."

The two-page statement was issued by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas. The American bishops conference likened homosexual acts to "adultery and fornication" as condemned by Scripture, but called for gays and lesbians to be "be cared for with the same mercy and love" that is given to all people.

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