Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian orthodox Church, went ahead with an official visit to Damascus last month.
orthodox Jews have voted Republican in every presidential election since 2004.
Even so, orthodox Christian pastors have not singled out gay weddings in the way that the people backing these bills have.
mid-15c., of opinions, faith, from Late Latin orthodoxus, from Greek orthodoxos "having the right opinion," from orthos "right, true, straight" (see ortho-) + doxa "opinion, praise," from dokein "to seem," from PIE root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent). As the name of the Eastern Church, first recorded in English 1772; in reference to a branch of Judaism, first recorded 1853.