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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-04

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Rhodes court to rule on same-sex marriage licences issued by isle's mayor
  • [02] Wildfire on the island of Rhodes

  • [01] Rhodes court to rule on same-sex marriage licences issued by isle's mayor

    A court on the holiday island of Rhodes on Thursday heard opening arguments in a lawsuit filed by a local first instance prosecutor George Economou to rescind two marriage licences issued by a small island municipality to two same-sex couples.

    The mayor of the tiny island of Tilos, north of Rhodes, has presided over the two simultaneous civil weddings of same-sex couples and subsequently issued marriage licences in June 2008, a development aimed to attract widespread national attention and overturn the Greek state's reluctance to sanction such unions.

    The prosecutor requested that the two marriage licences be declared null and void. Conversely, attorneys for the same-sex couples filed a motion to throw out the lawsuits, claiming that a constitutional article on equality before the law is violated.

    A ruling by the multi-judge court is expected in roughly two months.

    [02] Wildfire on the island of Rhodes

    A wildfire that broke out on Wednesday night in a forest at Kamiros region on the island of Rhodes was still raging on Thursday. Firefighting forces are combatting the blaze only from the ground because strong winds blowing in the area are hampering firefighting helicopters and waterdropping aircraft from taking part in the operations.

    The Civil protection general secreteriat has declared the area in a state of emergency following a Dodecanese island municipality request.

    According to authorities' estimations, the fire has already burned 1,500 hectares of forest and brushland.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo


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