New Condemnation of Greece for Discriminating Same-Sex Couples



pride-athensAbout 162 gay couples appealed against the Greek state for their exclusion from the cohabitation agreement. They have complained about a continuing discrimination against lesbian and gay couples despite Greece’s previous condemnation by the European Court.

Eight months ago, in November 2013, the European Court of Human Rights had condemned Greece for discrimination against same-sex couples.

The couples not only complained about the legislative gap, but also about the regression of the Greek state that continues to keep them outside the legal framework. More specifically they claimed that the Minister of Justice had originally stated the country would comply with the decision of the European Court but the next day he backed off  after pressure by members of the New Democracy and the Church of Greece.

According to the European Court of Justice, out of 19 countries that have integrated legal forms for the union of couples into their law, only Lithuania and Greece have excluded homosexual couples from this legal protection.

Conservative members of the government as well as the Church of Greece strongly oppose the cohabitation agreement and especially the inclusion of homosexual couples.

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus has threatened to excommunicate any member of the Greek Parliament who votes for the amendment to include same-sex couples in the cohabitation agreement as he believes that it is an “insult against God and man.”

 


2 COMMENTS

  1. Where in the Bible does it even say anything about Marriage? I have read it cover to cover and yet have not found any direct evidence. Sure, people draw conclusions from what is written [i.e., interpret it to suit their needs] but is there anywhere that mentions actual “marriage”?

  2. Read it “cover to cover”? Guess you weren’t paying attention when you were reading it nor do you seem to know what “evidence” even means. The verses in the Bible relating to marriage are too numerous to mention. The Bible is replete with references to man and wife, as well as actual “marriage.” Examples follow.

    “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh (Genesis 2:24)

    “If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.” (Deuteronomy 24:5).

    “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:4-7)

    “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” (Proverbs 12:4)

    “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

    “Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife…” (1 Corinthians 7)

    I could go on, but you need to read it again, next time with greater care and attention.