Spyros Bibilas attacks Nikos Oikonomopoulos's same-sex parenting position: "Why such toxicity?"

Spyros Bibilas, Nikos Oikonomopoulos

Reacting to the statements made by Nikos Oikonomopoulos regarding same-sex parenting, Spyros Bibilas made a post disparaging the beloved singer.

The president of the Union of Greek Actors (SEH) took an indirect position on the matter, and while he may not have named Nikos Oikonomopoulos, through his words, he implied that he was referring to him.

In the publication he made on his account on Instagram, he emphasised that he does not understand those who resent seeing the image of a same-sex couple with a child.

In particular, he wrote: "Really, why do some people get irritated by such an image? From such a reality? The many heavy-handed people who want women in the kitchen, like the well-known vulture who preaches his opinions as if he has a right since we live in a democracy, have they ever wondered if the love and care that one can offer to a child, regardless of their gender is more important parents?

"Have you ever wondered if children who live with only one or the other parent after broken marriages or because of the decisions of mainly women who bring children into the world with sperm as they have a right to procure in order to procreate, live happier lives? So why such toxicity?

"Since when will heterosexuals define the lives of homosexual people: Do they consider themselves something better, something more competent to decide? The time has come for the oppression of so many millions of people all over the earth to end. The government must bring the bill to parliament as promised immediately."

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Nikos Oikonomopoulos was a guest on the show “To Proino” with Giorgos Liagas on January 2 on ANT1. Among other things, he discussed the issue of surrogacy by same-sex couples, expressing his disagreement.

Specifically, the famous singer stated that he disagrees because he believes that a child should have a mother and father.

"I don’t agree with surrogacy by same-sex couples, but this is my opinion," he emphasised.

"It is something that I personally don’t accept. It has to do with the issue of faith, it is a matter of my own… I believe that a child needs a mom and a dad, that’s what our nature has defined. Now, beyond that, people put laws on paper, so let the legislator take the blame," he added.

Same-sex marriage and parental rights go together, government official says

Α government official reiterated that an announced plan to realize same-sex marriage will also include an extension of parental rights to gay couples.

“Marriage and adoption [of children] go together, because obviously when you talk about marriage you also talk about childbearing. There is discrimination against children, which must be removed,” Dimitris Tsiodras, head of the Greek prime minister’s press office, told television channel ANT1 on Wednesday.

“The bill will be tabled, because it solves problems. The prime minister has said that it will be tabled and it will in the order he considers appropriate,” he said about the timing of the submission. He also clarified that the bill “is not a matter for the Church, it’s a matter for the executive and legislative.”

Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis said shortly after his reelection in 2023 that he plans to legalize same-sex marriage during his second term in government, but stopped short of specifying when this would happen.

The bill has been met with reactions within the ruling Conservatives. In November last year, Minister of State Makis Voridis said he would resign if Mitsotakis were to request party discipline in a parliamentary vote for the bill. Former prime minister Antonis Samaras said in an interview with Kathimerini last November that he will vote against legalizing same-sex marriage, claiming that “we must support the nuclear family, where we have parental models of both sexes.”

Greece’s influential Orthodox Church has also slammed such a move. The Church’s governing Holy Synod issued a 1,500-word opinion last December, claiming that children are being treated as “accessories” and “companion pets” for gay couples.

Opinion polls suggest Greeks are evenly divided on the issue of same-sex marriage, but opposed to extending full parental rights to gay couples.

Greece legalized same-sex civil partnerships in 2015.

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