Orthodox cleric: Marriage ruling an ‘earthquake’

A prominent American cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia called the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage an “earthquake” that turns God’s established order on its head.


Archpriest Victor Potapov of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Washington, D.C., spoke frankly with Pravmir, an online Orthodox Christian website. He blamed “homosexual propaganda” for the ruling but also heterosexual Christian couples who have not had the proper respect for the marriage covenant that God intended.


The Orthodox Church is among the most conservative Christian denominations and has defended Russia against cultural attacks by liberal elements that have had their way in American culture.


“Unfortunately, over the last 15 years, homosexual propaganda has been being circulated and many have already been influenced,” the archpriest said. “Even some Orthodox say: ‘Well, it is not that bad. Let them do what they want. It doesn’t concern us.’ That earthquake of sorts that is occurring, though, is changing the order established by God. It is terrible that we are encroaching on the will of God.”


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