Court annuls same-sex marriage


Greece’s Supreme Court has annulled a same-sex marriage conducted in 2008 on Tilos by the mayor of the tiny Aegean island.

Judges Thursday upheld a previous order by a Rhodes prosecutor calling such nuptials illegal.

The court said the ruling expresses the Greek rule of law, “which is considered to reflect the moral and social values and traditions of the Greek people, who do not support the legalization of marriage for homosexual couples.”

The court said that same-sex partners have the right to enter into a civil union, which grants gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples who opt for a similar arrangement.

The couple are expected to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.