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Cyprus government to consider marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

March 1st, 2010

From the Cyprus Mail:

The Government will soon examine the issue of making same-sex marriages legal in Cyprus, Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Lazaros Savvides has told the Sunday Mail.

Savvides said that the intention is to hold a meeting next month involving the Attorney-general’s office, Law Commissioner Leda Koursoumba, Ombudswoman Eliana Nicolaou – who also heads the Authority against Racism and Discrimination – as well as senior representatives of the relevant government ministries.

Should Cyprus enact marriage equality, it could have an impact on the area. Israel does not have civil marriage laws and those who wish to marry must either do so according to Orthodox rules or leave the country to marry elsewhere. Those who aren’t Jewish or aren’t religious often go to Cyprus. Israel does currently offer some limited recognition to foreign-married gay couples, so a change in Cyprus would be a benefit for gays in Israel as well.

Cyprus is one of the most religious nations in the European Union, primarily Greek Orthodox, as well as being its furthest east. Although discussions will occur, there is no certainty that equality will result.

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March 1st, 2010 | LINK

I doubt it, the Greek Orthodox Church has the country grabbed by the crotch. The only difference between it and the Vatican is that they speak Greek instead of Latin.

As for Israel, it’s time for that country to become completely secular and flip it to the frummies.

Ben in Oakland
March 1st, 2010 | LINK

I’m going to Cyprus in May. It should be interesting.

i’m wondering if they are trying to grab tourist dollars from the parts of europe that do have marriage. It is relatively cheap in Cyprus, so i’m told.

Rob
March 1st, 2010 | LINK

Cyprus is the main destination where hetero secular Jews get married and this attempt is all about grabbing those gay Israelis going to Spain to get married.

As for the the Greek Orthodox Church, I’m not sure they still have that much power nowadays, especially in Greece. You have to consider the age demographics as well.

tavdy79
March 2nd, 2010 | LINK

Portugal and Spain are both deeply religious countries; both have legalised/are legalising marriage equality.

Eddie89
March 2nd, 2010 | LINK

This news reminds me of a map I saw a few days ago.

It showed all the countries of the world and which provided some form of nationalised health care and which did not. The USA and some African countries stood out as the only ones not offering any form of national healthcare.

Eventually I think that we will see a map of all the nations that offer national marriage equality and the USA and some select African countries will be the only ones not offering marriage equality to it’s own citizens.

How very sad, for the USA.

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