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The Teaching of the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church understands homosexual behavior to be contrary to God's will. The options for the homosexual Christian in this regard are the same as every other Christian's--marriage or celibacy. A few people have attempted to make a third way by suggesting that adelphopoeisis was a version of marriage, but it is clear from historical studies that was not at all the meaning of the rite.

Official Orthodox Statements

Articles from an Orthodox Perspective

Personal Testimonies

Non-Orthodox Sources

Recommended Books

  • Straight & Narrow: Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate by Thomas E. Schmidt. InterVarsity Press: 1995. (ISBN 0830818588)
  • Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic by Elizabeth R. Moberly. James Clarke Company: 1997. (ISBN 0227678508) (Orthodox author)

Other Resources