The Greek government under pressure from the EU is about to enact legislation that will give co-habiting couples the same rights under Greek legislation as married ones.
Of course in New Zealand this has been the case for many years - the real effect being that a marriage certificate is not worth the paper it is printed on.
Still in Greece the Church has not succombed to liberalism in the manner of many of the western churches and is speaking out loudly and strongly.
The Greek Orthodox Church has expressed opposition to plans by the Athens government to give greater rights to unmarried couples.
The Church's governing synod said it considered all common-law marriages to be tantamount to "prostitution".
The government proposes to give common-law couples the same rights as those who have gone through legal or religious ceremonies.
It wants to harmonise Greek law to European standards.
Well that's pretty plain speaking from the Church.
In its statement, the Church said that the proposal constituted a "catastrophic bomb" under the foundations of Greek society.
The homosexual lobby in Greece are not happy either
The draft legislation is also opposed by Greece's homosexual community on the basis of discrimination, as it only takes account of heterosexual couples.
All of which provides context to this comment of mine on a previous thread in response to Psycho Milt and of course demonstrates how the EU is imposing its norms on its newly acquired territories in Eastern Europe bit by bit.
Antonio Gramsci must be proud to see his agenda spreading across Europe but somehow I do not see a socialist utopia emerging as he envisaged.
Rather a vacuum that will be filled by by something far nastier.