June 03, 2008
Gays marry in Greece; mayor in trouble
Posted by: Andoni
“It’s done, now. The unions have been registered and the licenses have been issued. It’s a historic moment.”
Said Anastassios Aliferis, who as mayor of the Aegean island of Tilos, presided over the civil ceremony. He ignored warnings by a Greek prosecutor in Athens not to perform the ceremony or he would be prosecuted.
A gay couple and a lesbian couple were married at a sunrise ceremony this morning. I have reported before that these weddings were possible when gays discovered that the new civil marriage law was gender neutral. Church weddings are impossible because the Greek Orthodox will not perform them.
I will keep you posted whether the mayor goes to jail or whether this is the beginning of a new trend and new tourist industry for the island of Tilos.
As a dual American and Greek citizen, I am following this carefully.
It is interesting to note the photo of Charles Moskos architect of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in my previous post was with a Greek flag because he was of Greek descent. Maybe between the death of Moskos and the beginning of same sex wedding in Greece, we are entering a new era.
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