First gay marriage in Greece? This is the story so far :)

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    Jun 04, 2008 7:40 AM GMT
    After a couple of years of rumors and speculations, some political debate and numerous district attorney announcements, first gay marriage has been made in Greece? Or not?

    Whether we agree on necessity of marriage or not, whether we agree that a form of commitment is needed or a "marriage"; or not, well, this is the story so far for a country where men to men relationships were considered a natural in ancient years.

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    How?
    Greece constitution declares that "marriage" is a union between two persons, without specifying the gender. Current laws defining the political marriage ( in contradiction with the one which takes place in a church ) also do not distinct if persons to get in union have to be of different sex.

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    The "good" guys icon_smile.gif
    So, activists and lawyers were wanting to proceed to a political ceremony that does not get in contradiction with local laws and local Constitution.

    The "bad guys" icon_eek.gif
    Head of High Court, General District Attorney had announced one week before that any Mayor "committing" such an "irresponsible, unlawful and un-ethical" act that "deteriorates the Holy meaning of family and marriage" would face the consequences of law and possible imprisonment.

    The "ugly guys" icon_mad.gif
    well, a whole part of society is now discovering that HEY!! Gay people do exist out of their closet. Greek common opinion is quite tolerant against gay culture. Still, any public expression is considered a taboo here .

    More "ugly guys" icon_mad.gif
    Gay people that say that all this conversation is unneeded or without any cause, since everybody is ok with things as they are.

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    The "lonely cowboys" Where?
    Tilos island. What? Yes, Tilos. Mykonos is the most famous greek island, still Greece has more than 200 inhabited islands. Tilos is one of the smallest. And the most humble. And the most unknown. Where is it?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilos

    well, this is a really small island, yes icon_smile.gif) Still it has a Mayor.

    Yesterday morning, at 07:00am, the two first marriages, one between a gay couple and one between a lesbian couple took place. All local tv channels were there, full coverage took place, High Court is already screaming that this is "unlawful and destructing", church is screaming that "these things are against the nature of God", a part of the public says "this is unspeakable", another part of the public says "well, leave them to do what they want" and in the middle of everyone, already prosecuted Mayor is appealing in the European Union Court of Human Rights.

    O la la

    Greetings from Greece. . .
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    Jun 04, 2008 9:36 AM GMT
    LOL nice for Greece. Kinda ironic considering that it's one of the celebrated civilizations that had gaysexxxx... and now your courts are screaming their heads off on some gay marriages? icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 04, 2008 10:39 AM GMT
    It "Tis now only a matter of time, until we read all about the first homosexual divorce........
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    Jun 04, 2008 12:11 PM GMT
    "Kinda ironic considering that it's one of the celebrated civilizations that had gaysexxxx"
    unfortunately true.


    "... and now your courts are screaming their heads off on some gay marriages"
    Screaming?? that's an understatement. . .
    they are declaring that "nation is endangered"icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 04, 2008 12:22 PM GMT
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    "... and now your courts are screaming their heads off on some gay marriages"
    Screaming?? that's an understatement. . .
    they are declaring that "nation is endangered"icon_lol.gif



    "If the Tilos mayor proceeds, he will have committed the criminal act of 'breach of duty'," Supreme Court prosecutor George Sanidas warned on Friday.

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    But take heart in the fact that Greek judges going ballistic over some gay men and women marrying is only slightly less ironic than most of America, 'the land of the free' getting left behind by Belgium, Canada, and the like. icon_wink.gif And kudos to the mayor!
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    Jun 04, 2008 12:52 PM GMT
    Hey sounds like good news!! I'm Greek, actually from the island Cyprus and havent heard of this but it makes me so happy that someone went and did it!
    The church and politicians needed to be rambled up a bit! They have been gay bashing long enough. I can imagine what people will be saying about this. Damn, so much prejudice!