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Archbishop: I have no problem with civil partnerships but…

By Andria Kades

Archbishop Chrysostomos has called on parliament to add clauses on the civil partnerships bill forbidding homosexual couples from adopting children because they would grow up with psychological problems, he said.

Speaking on CyBC’s Apo Mera se Mera on Thursday he said “if two people have psychological problems and get a civil partnership they can’t have children that won’t have problems,” adding that it was easier to raise “good members of society” in a “normal” family of heterosexual couples.

He clarified that while the church “does not comply or congratulate (the bill) we have a democracy and people are free to choose what they want for themselves” specifying they would not have the church’s blessing but would still be loved and considered a part of it.

In such a way he called his stance on the partnership “relatively neutral” and was always available for any advice.

Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos said the legislation, which was approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, would be sent to parliament by Thursday the latest.

“Neither the government nor the parliament can avoid, ignore or feign ignorance on this legal gap because thousands of our fellow citizens are in these relationships, but at the same time have been left without legal coverage,” he said according to Cyprus News Agency.

Accept-LGBT head Costas Gavrielides praised the move saying “this is a very important step for democracy in Cyprus. It is a historical day.”

He stressed it was unnecessary to include clauses against child adoption between same sex couples as several examples from abroad showed there were no problems with upbringing.

In regards to the Archbishop’s stance, he said: “I am surprised that while he starts off with accepting the matter and making us happy as he can see the need for the advancement of human rights, it saddens me that he says a homosexual family is problematic and abnormal.”

“It is a shame to try label love between two people.”

LGBT couples have had long standing problems, not only with social discrimination but legally as their partner is often not recognised as next of kin.

Last year, the first ever gay pride parade was held in Nicosia attracting thousands of people while this year, the event is scheduled for June 6 under the slogan “Free to Be”.


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