Gay marriage testing Church and state ties

Greece's Independence Day on March 25 and Greek Orthodox Easter on May 3 will serve as a barometer of the Church's response to legislation passed by Parliament institutionalizing same sex marriage. 

Easter is traditionally celebrated with splendor at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral and attended by the country's president and top political representatives. It is followed by a customary meal in the Church's honor at the Presidential Mansion. 

However, given the Church's resentment over the timing of the legislation and Archbishop Ieronymos' annoyance with both President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the issue, there are reportedly thoughts among the hierarchy of not holding the official celebration this year. Moreover, the archbishop may also skip the president's luncheon.

Regarding the Independence Day anniversary, the...

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