Athens, November 15, 2016
There are plans to protect same-sex “marriages” in Greece by law within the framework of the bill “On Protection of Rights of Minorities” which is designed to put an end to constant legal actions and sanctions of the European Union, reports AgionOros.
As part of a whole series of innovations, it is intended to equate so-called “cohabitation” with marriage. Furthermore, all labor laws along with rights to family allowance and other benefits will be guaranteed to cohabiting couples (including same-sex couples).
Those who discriminate against others on the grounds of religious affiliation or sexual preference will be punishable by six months to three years of imprisonment and a fine of 1,000 to 5,000 euros.
Metropolitan Nikolaos of Phthiotis has directed sharp criticism towards the new bill:
“Such destruction of the foundations, and this stench and perversion will finally destroy our society. Can social life really be built on lechery and an unnatural life? The Church will take on the work of informing and warning the people. We will tell you what they [the rulers] are preparing because they are preparing something else.”
According to the hierarch, in this situation “we should stick to the Tradition. We will speak the truth about genuine marriage. And what are cohabitation and same-sex unions? All of this came from Europe – and we are well aware of the morals of its rulers and lawmakers.”