Bulgarian court recognizes gay “marriage” of foreign citizens but not Bulgarians

Sofia, August 1, 2019

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The forces of globalism yet again clashed with traditional Christian values, this time in the ancient Orthodox nation of Bulgaria.

Despite the fact that Bulgaria is one of the twenty-two countries in Europe that do not recognize same-sex “unions” of any kind, according to the EU, Bulgarian law is irrelevant when it comes to the recognition of foreign homosexuals, even in Bulgaria.

A pair of foreign lesbians residing in Bulgaria had their marriage recognized by a court in late July, as one of them is a French EU citizen, reports the Associated Press.

Even though Bulgaria itself does not recognize gay marriage, due to precedent set in a 2018 ruling, EU member states are legally forced to recognize same-sex marriages from other member states, even if they do not grant gay marriages to their own citizens, or recognize it within their own laws.

This demonstrates the lack of sovereignty which many EU member states have been increasingly disturbed by—a general sign of globalism, in which the supreme law of the land in other states are increasingly subordinate to foreign influence and rulings.

This lack of sovereignty is one of the issues contributing to the rise of Euroscepticism, and conservative, traditionalist, or otherwise nationalist parties throughout Europe, who do not wish to have matters of their internal affairs controlled and dictated by foreign, unelected bodies. A very noticeable cultural divide is emerging between more traditionally minded EU states in Eastern and Central Europe, such as Poland and Hungary, with the extremely liberal policies of western states.

It is notable that the 2018 ruling occurred in Romania, another Orthodox country, and there is a great danger and concern that Orthodox people in the EU will slowly have their traditions and religious freedoms infringed upon by Brussels in the name of a false understanding of liberty.

The homosexuals who had their marriage recognized in Bulgaria were French and Australian citizens respectively, and the marriage was only recognized due to the EU membership held by the French party. Had these individuals been from non-EU states, or even Bulgaria itself, the marriage would not have legally been recognized.

This issue creates a false dilemma in which homosexual advocates claim their rights and lifestyles are being oppressed, while closer examination reveals how ridiculous this claim is, especially in this situation.

Neither of the parties involved are Bulgarians or Bulgarian citizens, as noted, but rather foreigners residing in Bulgaria. No one forced these people to move to Bulgaria, but they instead chose to reside in a foreign country, with its own ancient culture and religious tradition. Being upset that Bulgarian law does not recognize their “marriage,” rather than simply accepting the law of the land in which they live, or moving to their home countries or another country which does recognize them, they instead decided it was Bulgaria that needed to change for them.

As of now, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has not made a comment on the matter, however the Bulgarian Church has made their traditional Christian stance against homosexuality very clear, opposed Sofia “Pride”, and in general, OrthoChristian has covered their position many times.

This new development since 2018 is very concerning, as it seems to provide a way for the EU and the liberal West to continue to encroach upon the Orthodox world in the name of a warped and perverted worldview completely alien to Orthodox civilization.

The EU would be better served to address the dangerous Neo-Nazism displayed by Ukrainian schismatics and Greek Catholics, in a country that allegedly is striving to be “European,” as the Neo-Nazis, unlike the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, are a threat to both Ukrainian and pan-European security.

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Matfey Shaheen


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