Tilos Island Mayor Charged by Police For Conducting Homosexual “Wedding”

 By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

ATHENS, June 4, 2008 ( - The mayor of the tiny Aegean Sea island of Tilos, 400 kilometres southeast of Athens, was charged with breach of duty after conducting Greece’s first same-sex "marriage" ceremonies, in defiance of a prosecutor’s order calling such weddings illegal. reported yesterday that the island’s mayor, Tassos Alifieris, faced criminal charges as a result of his contempt of his country’s laws. (Despite Formidable Opposition, Tiny Greek Island Sees First Homosexual "Marriage":

A prosecutor on the nearby island of Rhodes has now charged Aliferis with breach of duty, a misdemeanour that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis said the two "marriages" were illegal and invalid. "There is no legal framework allowing same-sex marriages to be held in Greece," he said. "Attempts to conduct marriages involving same-sex couples are illegal. Social issues and problems should be handled responsibly and seriously ... and not with arbitrary acts."

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