Church authorities in Greece slap religious ban on local politicians who backed gay marriage

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ATHENS, Greece — Backlash from nan Orthodox Church of Greece against a landmark law allowing same-sex civilian marriage intensified Tuesday, pinch a location bishopric imposing a belief prohibition connected 2 section lawmakers who backed nan reform.

Church authorities connected nan northwestern land of Corfu accused nan 2 guidance lawmakers of committing “the deepest belief and civilized error” successful voting for nan law, which was approved pinch cross-party support connected Feb. 15.

Greece was the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage. The socially blimpish Church of Greece had powerfully and volubly opposed nan betterment projected by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' center-right government, preaching against it and pressuring lawmakers to cull it.

“For us, these 2 (local) lawmakers cannot see themselves progressive members of nan Church,” a connection from nan bishopric of Corfu said Tuesday.

It added that they should beryllium excluded from nan cardinal Christian rite of communion, abstain from immoderate Church events and not beryllium accorded general honors by Church functionaries astatine charismatic events aliases parish gatherings.

“We exhort them to repent for their impropriety,” nan connection added.

The bishopric proceeded to commend different section lawmaker from Mitsotakis’ governing New Democracy statement for voting against nan law.

“That is nan benignant of politician, irrespective of different convictions, that we request successful our country,” it said.

The Corfu bishopric’s connection followed a akin move past period from Church officials successful Piraeus, nan larboard of Athens, targeting section lawmakers who voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

The left-wing PASOK party, 1 of whose lawmakers was targeted Tuesday, said nan Corfu bishopric’s determination was “unacceptable.”

Beyond legalizing marriage, nan rule besides confered afloat parental authorities connected joined same-sex partners pinch children. But it precluded cheery couples from parenthood done surrogate mothers successful Greece — an action presently disposable to women who can’t person children for wellness reasons.

It was approved contempt guidance from a number of lawmakers from New Democracy’s correct wing, who either voted against it abstained from nan ballot — arsenic did respective left-wing guidance lawmakers.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis personally championed nan reform, which was backed by a constrictive mostly of nan population, according to sentiment polls.

Greek media reported that nan first same-sex wedding nether nan caller rule was held complete nan play successful confederate Athens.

Church officials attraction their disapproval connected nan law’s implications for accepted family values. They person besides based on that imaginable ineligible challenges could lead to a early hold of surrogacy authorities to cheery couples.