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In Letter, Greek Church Asks Lawmakers to Reject Same-Sex Marriage

ATHENS – As promised, the Greek Church is reportedly putting together a letter to be sent to Parliament asking lawmakers to vote down a same-sex marriage proposal, and to be read at Sunday services.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he will bring the measure in February but will let his 158 New Democracy lawmakers, who are a majority, vote their conscience and not order them to support it.

Still, it is expected to pass as many Conservative lawmakers are said to have changed their previous opposition and the measure has the backing of the major opposition SYRIZA, whose leader Stefanos Kasselakis is gay.

But he had to go to the United States to marry his partner, American nurse Tyler McBeth and the two said they hoped to have a child through a surrogate mother.

That won’t be allowed under the bill which provides only for civil marriages and the right for same-sex couples to adopt children. Kasselakis had planned a version allowing surrogate mothers but dropped it.

The Church is said to be anxious that same-sex marriage could lead to a push for using surrogate mothers, to which it is vehemently opposed and is using its influence to pressure Parliament, said Katherimini of the letter.

Church-goers will hear the text on Sunday services Feb. 4 that will include that the Holy Synod  cannot remain silent on the “political marriage of homosexuals… but must speak, out of love and charity for all.”

It will also reiterate that same-sex marriage is “a reversal of Christian marriage and the institution of the traditional Greek family,” standing on religious grounds, the report said.

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