LGBT+ group sues Ukraine religious figure linking coronavirus to gay marriage

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04/13/2020

A Ukrainian LGBT+ group said on Monday it has sued one of the country’s most prominent religious figures over comments blaming the spread of the coronavirus on same-sex marriage, in what the group said was the first such case in ex-Soviet nation. Kiev-based group Insight said it took legal action against Patriarch Filaret, who heads one of Ukraine’s largest Orthodox congregations, over remarks made during a TV interview that rights activists said risked fuelling hatred and discrimination. Filaret is a renowned figure in the country, having led a split of the Ukrainian church from its Russian parent which had him defrocked and excommunicated. “Our aim is to show people that there is no longer place for such statements from church leaders in Ukraine,” Insight’s head Olena Shevchenko told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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