Greece poised to legalize same-sex marriage, bucking Orthodox tradition

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Greece is poised to legalize same-sex matrimony nationwide, contempt urgent warnings from nan Greek Orthodox Church.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, an ostensibly center-right politician, is relying connected a conjugation pinch left-wing lawmakers to push done nan authorities adjacent week without support from a important faction of his ain New Democracy party.

The connection has been vehemently opposed by nan Greek Orthodox Church — nan "prevailing religion" of Greece claiming astir 90% of nan population.

The Holy Synod of nan Hierarchy of nan Church of Greece ruled successful a unanimous determination past period that nan implementation of same-sex matrimony and take of children by same-sex couples is inadmissible.

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"Obviously, nan State legislates, but this parameter neither deprives nan Church of its state of reside nor exempts nan Church from nan work to pass nan religious people, nor tin it bespeak to nan Church what constitutes sin," nan study from nan Holy Synod reads. "The Church does not legislate and is not responsible for nan laws. If it remains silent, however, it bears a sedate work and abolishes itself."

The Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus went truthful acold arsenic to declare, "Those who ballot for it cannot stay members of nan church."

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Mitsotakis has characterized nan authorities arsenic a matter of equality, to debar "having 2 classes of citizens and surely not to person children of a lesser God."

In a reside to his furniture past month, nan premier curate made nary apologies for disregarding theology successful his goals.

"I admit nan perspectives of nan Church, which I afloat respect. This authorities has, successful fact, addressed long-standing applicable matters concerning nan clergy," Mitsotakis said. "However, fto maine beryllium clear connected this matter: we are discussing nan decisions of nan Greek State, unrelated to theological beliefs."

The contention provoked by nan authorities highlights a increasing disagreement betwixt secular Greek leaders and nan belief personality of Greece's population.

"Historically, we’ve had divergent opinions pinch nan Church connected civilian marriage, cremation, and nan omission of belief from Greek IDs," Mitsotakis said. "Experience has shown that these changes were necessary. They didn’t harm nine aliases nan collaboration betwixt nan State and nan Church, and I americium assured nan aforesaid will use now."

The premier curate and a conjugation ballot are expected to walk nan connection connected Feb. 15.