Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus has threatened to excommunicate any member of the Greek Parliament who votes for the amendment to include same-sex couples in the cohabitation agreement as he believes that it is an “insult against God and man.”
Seraphim is known for his homophobic and anti-Semetic statements. He recently opposed plans to extend legislation allowing unmarried couples to have their partnership legally recognized to same-sex couples.
He said that any other relationship, barring that between a male and a female, “is a unnatural aberration not even observed in animals.”
A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights condemned Greece for excluding gays from civil partnerships. The court ruled that Greece had not offered “convincing and weighty reasons” to justify excluding gays.