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Tsipras and Pavlopoulos To Reportedly Skip Piraeus Theofaneia Day due to Metropolitan's Comments on Homosexuals

The dispute between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek state over the same-sex cohabitation agreement continues into the new year. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will reportedly skip visiting Piraeus for the annual "Theofaneia" day due to recent comments made by the...

Greek Parliament Ratifies Civil Union Agreement for Same-Sex Couples

The Greek parliament legislated the cohabitation agreement for same-sex couples on Tuesday evening following a heated debate among MPs. The parliamentary majority of 193 MPs in favor of the legislation was composed of an unusual configuration. SYRIZA, the Democratic Alliance,...

Greek Archbishop: 'The Cohabitation Agreement Must Not Become Law'

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens avoided making any comments regarding the extremist opinions that were expressed by certain people of the Greek Orthodox Church on the issue of the cohabitation agreement for same-sex couples. However, he clearly spoke against the...

Couples Prefer Cohabitation Agreements Due to Crisis

Cohabitation agreements are becoming popular in Greece, due to the economic crisis that hit the country in 2009. According to the Greek registry office, since the Ministry of interior introduced the new legislation the number of couples that opt...

New Condemnation of Greece for Discriminating Same-Sex Couples

About 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...

Increased Civil Marriages Due to Financial Crisis

It was 1982 when Andreas Papandreou's government caused quite a stir in traditionally Orthodox Greece by legalizing civil marriage. At first, only a few couples chose a civil ceremony because of the various prejudices in Greek society. Nowadays, however, civil marriages outnumber religious services. The gap...

Greek Holy Synod's Proclamation in Support of Marriage

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church addressed a call to the Greek people to preserve the cohesion of the family by following Christian principles. In a recent proclamation, the Holy Synod has made it clear that it...

Bishop Seraphim: Cohabitation Agreement an Insult to God

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus sent a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, asking him not to include same-sex couples in the cohabitation agreement. The Bishop marked that it would be an insult against God. Among others, the Bishop...

Intense Reactions Block Legislation for Same-Sex Couples

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...

Bishop Seraphim Against Homosexual Cohabitation Agreement

Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus is threatening to excommunicate any member of the Greek Parliament that votes for the amendment to include same-sex couples in the Cohabitation Agreement. A few days after Greece’s conviction by the Strasbourg Court, which ruled the...