In the resolution, September 30, the Council called on the Ukrainian government to protect a ‘ marriage between a man and a woman’ and condemned ‘experiments that legitimize gender identities’ issue’.
“Imposition of same-sex orientation’.
The official statement reaffirms anti-LGBT stance of Ukrainian churches.
The Council of Churches said it dissaproves of ‘promotion of homosexuality, denial of women’s femininity and men’s masculinity as distinctive features, and use of non-binary pronouns’.
The Council also denounced hate speech targeting religious leaders and supporters of traditional family values.
A new ministry must be established to deal with family issues amid the worsening demographic crisis, and churches can pledge their support toward such effort by the goverement, said the statement.
‘Churches, religious organizations and family initiatives are ready to join forces with state and local governments to protect the family, childhood, motherhood and fatherhood,’ the resolution said.
What is the Council of Churches?
Established in 1996 as a cross-denominational institution, the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations aims to ‘unite the efforts of different religions in the spiritual revival of Ukraine and coordinate cross-church dialogue both in Ukraine and abroad’.
As of June 2021, the Council has had representatives of 15 different churches and religious organizations. The website says that the Council coordinates activites of 95% of all religious organizations in Ukraine.
Stances against ‘homosexuality promotion’ in Ukraine
Over the last decade, MPs have repeatedly introduced bills banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in Ukraine.
Most of them were rejected except for MP Tsarkov’s bill, which proposes a ban on the use of the media to ‘promote homosexuality’.