The government is blocking the new legislation for the integration of homosexual couples in the cohabitation agreement after the reactions of MPs of Nea Dimokratia and the church. The Greek government believes that the direct promotion of the legislation isn’t necessary.
The prospect of including the amendment into the new anti-racism bill, which emerged during a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Charalambos Athanassiou and MPs of PASOK, was abandoned yesterday. The antiracism-bill will be modified with one addition, which will foresee strict penalties for those who incite violence relating to sexual orientation.
After the intervention of the Greek Prime Minister, the extension of the cohabitation agreement “froze” as it had lead to intense reactions from Nea Dimokratia’s MPs. There was telephone communication between the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice, regarding the issue, in order to avoid polarization in the party of Nea Dimokratia.
However, members of the government admit that Greece should sooner or later deal with the issue, since they have been convicted twice by the European Court for Human Rights.
Meanwhile Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus threatens to excommunicate any member of the Greek parliament that votes for the legislation.