The Vermont Legislature is asking the government of Turkey to end religious discrimination against the Orthodox Christian Church, Sen. Richard Sears said on June 17, 2010.
"The General Assembly strongly urges the Republic of Turkey to recognize the right to religious freedom for all its residents and to end all discriminatory policies directed against the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church," the resolution said.
The secretary of state has been directed to send a copy of the resolution to Turkey's embassy in Washington, D.C., the Orthodox Church Information blog reports today.
According to Sen. Sears, Vermont is now one of more than half of the states in America to have passed a resolution urging Turkey to reconsider its position on the Orthodox Christian Church -- especially as Turkey looks for membership in the European Union.
About 98 percent of Turkey's population is Muslim.