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Greeks Quarrel Over Rights of Unmarried Couples

In Athens, a plan to grant unmarried couples increased rights has upset both conservative and progressive forces. The government wants to grant heterosexual "common law" couples rights analogous to marriage, if the couples sign a simple notary contract. So you could have a legally binding relationship, without the big fat Greek wedding.

The influential Greek Orthodox Church equates common law relationships with prostitution. The Church's governing council is decrying the plan, maintaining that legal recognition of relationships outside of marriage would set off a catastrophic bomb under the foundation of Greek society.

The homosexual community thinks the plan must go further, to see how,

. The homosexual community asserts that the plan constitutes discrimination by only extending rights to heterosexual couples. Traditional and forward-looking forces are tugging at a Greek society attempting to modernize.

Relationships of mutual obligation, as well as families, are essential to a prospering society. Do you think Athens's plan will help strengthen important relationships, even if they don't fit the traditional mold? Having two heterosexual couples enter into a legally binding relationship sounds a lot like marriage to me. Do you think these alternative couples are more likely to sign the contract, so long as it's not called "marriage?" Why?


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remedios remedios 9 years
Can I convert?
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I don't see what all the fuss is about... but I think that common-law relationships should be recognized - I don't get why they're equated with prostitution, though...
Jillness Jillness 9 years
No, I was understanding that they want the option of going to a Greek version of the "justice of the peace", whereas before they could only marry through the GO church. I might have misunderstood.
syako syako 9 years
you consider going to a justice of the peace religious? ho name - let's see - I'll have to go the emperors club website to get some ideas.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"The influential Greek Orthodox Church equates common law relationships with prostitution." Wow, I am a HUGE ho then, because my bf and I have been together for 9 years last week! I should get a prostitute name....any suggestions? "Why do they want another way to get the same rights?" Maybe they aren't religious and want to build an estate together?
syako syako 9 years
Well I've been to civil ceremonies, and let me tell you, they are nothing like a production. 5 minutes and you're in and out.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
According to reports, the law would give common-law couples the same rights as those who have gone through legal or religious ceremonies. That's what I'm asking — what's going on here? Why do they want another way to get the same rights? Maybe the simple form is less of a production.
syako syako 9 years
so basically they're fighting to allow heterosexual couples go to the justice of the peace and have a legally binding marriage?? Sorry. It's going over my head.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hi syako, I think what they're proposing is equated to civil service here. On a personal level if I ever get married I would like to have a faith based service but obviously there are couple's who just want marriage with out any faith ties and I believe that they should have it here or in Greece. As for the homosexual community there being left out in the cold when they have been fighting so hard for just such a recognition I feel it is unfair and if they do do it they should include them as well.
syako syako 9 years
I don't get the point. Can they not do civil services in Greece?
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