Om­buds­man prods gov’t over right for gay cou­ples

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The Greek Om­buds­man re­minded the gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day that it has been a year since the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights (ECHR) or­dered Greece to ex­tend civil unions to gay cou­ples with­out any ac­tion from Athens. The rights watch­dog said that the gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions are “not in keep­ing with a mod­ern state” and that they are an in­ter­na­tional em­bar­rass­ment for the coun­try. Civil unions, or part­ner­ships, are a le­gal form of part­ner­ship which have been avail­able to het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples in Greece since 2008. But in Novem­ber 2013 the ECHR said that the same right had to be pro­vided to same-sex cou­ples. The Om­buds­man said that the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to adopt the court’s rul­ing not only cre­ated prob­lems for cou­ples who would ben­e­fit but also “pro­longs con­fu­sion within so­ci­ety, al­low­ing stereo­types and prej­u­dice to be main­tained along with de­grad­ing and marginal­iz­ing be­hav­ior.”

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