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    May 05, 2009

    Greek court annuls gay weddings

    Posted by: Andoni

    Remember those same sex civil weddings on the Greek island of Tilos that I reported a while back? Well, a Greek court, under strong pressure from the Greek Orthodox Church, ruled yesterday that those marriages were illegal.

    One of the married couples said they are going to appeal -- that it's a human rights violation.

    I believe this one will eventually end up in the European Union Court of Human Rights. Then we will find out if in the new Europe (the EU) the church is still stronger than the state.

    As an aside, I just happen to be in Greece (on the island of Corfu). I have been planning to take a break from posting, but this is a story I had been following, so I felt obligated to report on it.

    Although Corfu is not off the beaten path, my intention is to see many of the off the beaten path Greek islands (traveling as a local) over the next 8 weeks. On the list are Tilos (the island where the marriages took place), Amorgos, Folegandros, Symi, Patmos, Kefalonia, Paxi and Skopelos. That means I won't be visiting my favorite one, Santorini (or Thira, as it's called in Greek). Hmm..... Santorini, Corfu...how did so many Greek islands end up with Italian names?

    As you have noticed, Chris is taking a break, and now I am too. So this site is going to get even quieter.

    I will occasionally do a post if the news warrants, like if President Obama nominates an openly lesbian person to the Supreme Court. Short of that, not too many posts from me for a while.



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    1. Tim C on May 6, 2009 8:14:55 AM:

      Greek islands with Italian names? I'd hazard a guess that it probably has something to do with the Roman Empire.

    1. Hawyer on May 7, 2009 5:55:52 PM:

      Oh Andoni - be sure to turn out the lights at Citizen Crane.

    1. Queen Caterina Corner on May 8, 2009 11:37:20 PM:

      Many of these islands were part of the Venetian Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean from circa 1350-1600.

    1. Andoni on May 9, 2009 12:43:21 AM:

      My research since I originally posted this shows that Queen Caterina Corner is correct. In fact in Corfu "old town" much of the architecture looks Venetian, especially the bell towers.

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    1. DLA on May 22, 2009 7:37:37 AM:

      What's with this blog? Did Andoni and Chris forget about it? Not even an explanation as to why no new posts. Well fuck me running.

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