Minsk, Belarus, December 14, 2021
The Belarusian Orthodox Church proposes that marriage be constitutionally defined as the union of a man and a woman and that the life of all people and traditional family values be constitutionally protected.
His Eminence Metropolitan Benjamin of Minks participated in the “Collaboration of the Church, State, and Public Organizations for the Establishment of Traditional Family Values” round table discussion yesterday, hosted by the National Press Center of Belarus.
In order to preserve the traditional family, the Church proposes to consolidate the definition of the concept of marriage: “We propose to consider the voluntary union of a man and woman by birth as marriage,” His Eminence said, reports Sputnik-Belarus.
In the summer of 2020, Russians overwhelmingly voted for a number of constitutional amendments, including the traditional definition of marriage.
And concerning family development, the Metropolitan added: “We propose to include in the Constitution a provision that the state will ensure the priority of family education, as well as the rights and obligations of parents to take care not only of the physical education and health of children, but also their spiritual and moral development.”
His Eminence also spoke of the need to constitutionally protect human life against unlawful encroachments and to create the most favorable conditions for saving the life of the unborn.
Unfortunately, “the cult of individual well-being,” cohabitation, and gay unions are spreading in Belarusian society, “and especially among young people,” His Eminence lamented.
In turn, Alexander Shipulo, Deputy of the Commission on Health, Physical Education, and Family and Youth Affairs of the lower house of the Belarusian Parliament also noted that the “institution of the family and marriage is undergoing certain negative changes.”
“The crisis of the traditional family manifests itself in a large number of divorces, the number of marriages, the number of single families, the change of sexual identity, low fertility,” he said.