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Russian Orthodox gays have got a separate temple

September 12 2007

In Moscow opened Church sake Intercession Blessed Virgin so called Apostolic reformed Orthodox church (ARPTS) - first Russian church where conducted service for homosexuals. Well-known Russian gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev told that the first service was attended by 20 people.

Alexeev said it welcomed the establishment of a new church because it "allows people who previously rejected the church back to orthodoxy." Honey to the organizer ARPTS father Alex the organizer of the new church - a family man and is not gay.

The Russian Orthodox Church all that happens is called a farce. The Moscow Patriarchate said that in general declined to comment on the appearance of ARPTS "not on its own, but because of the numerous appeals of journalists." Head of Communications Department for External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchate, Mikhail Prokopenko said that any "manifestation of sin and the elevation to the rank of the norm - it absolutely impossible," - reports BBC.

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