PUTIN ON GOD AND MARRIAGE. Russian President, Vladimir Putin, on Monday (March 2) proposed a series of amendments to the Russian constitution that included a mention of God, and describing marriage as a “union of a man and a woman” (Bradford Betz, Fox News. Reported also in “the Telegraph” and BBC). “The parliament endorsed Putin’s draft in the first three required readings last month and is set to give it final approval next week, setting the stage for a nationwide vote on April 22. An article in the draft pledges homage to “ancestors who bequeathed to us their ideals and a belief in God.” Whatever the political implications may be from Putin’s point of view, it cannot be bad for an atheistic country to acknowledge the existence of God, and the exclusivity of heterosexual marriage.