Holy Synod states Greece’s same-sex marriage bill overlooks interests of children


The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has sent a letter to members of the Greek Parliament in preparation of the legislative vote on the bill affecting same-sex couples’ marriage and adoption rights.

The seven-page letter highlights the Synod’s appeal to MPs, drawing their attention to how the proposed legislation “does not merely address the immediate concerns of specific individuals within the LGBTQ+ community through temporary measures but fundamentally alters the foundational institution of family throughout the country.” 

The first page of the seven page letter.
The first page of the seven page letter.

Gender neutrality in the parent-child relationship is the main concern of the Holy Synod, claiming that the bill converts parents from traditional father and mother duties to neutral guardians, putting same-sex couples’ rights ahead of future children’s welfare.

Addressing the human rights issue, the Holy Synod challenges if aligning with the majority of progressive cultures should replace a child’s natural need for both a father and a mother, claiming that “the Greek people remain progressive” while “prioritising the fundamental functions of both parents in child development.”

The Holy Synod also believes that conflicting regulations suggest surrogacy, if allowed in foreign states, potentially leads to the economic exploitation of vulnerable women: “The aforementioned factors serve as incentives for the economic exploitation of vulnerable women, both within Greece and beyond its borders, reducing them to the status of professionally operated breeding machines.”




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