An exhibition designed to highlight the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families has upset an MEP from Cyprus, who claims he is being harassed by the “gay lobby.”
The Cyprus Mail reports that when Marios Matsakis was emailed an advert for the exhibition, which is on show at the European Parliament, he responded:
“I find these pictures offensive.
“Please don’t send similar ones to me again.
“Incidently, it is my view that children living with gay couples are not getting the best environment for their upbringing. This is my personal opinion and I hope I am still able to hold it.”
A few days later the entrance to his office in Brussels was plastered with plastered with posters advertising the exhibition and others were pushed under his door.
Mr Matsakis has written to the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, about the incident.
“Mr President, I am not writing to you to complain, as such actions do not cause me any real problem as such.
“I am writing to you because I strongly suspect that the homosexual lobby is most probably planning to re-initiate a campaign to allow homosexual couples to adopt children.”
In fact gay people and couples can already adopt in many EU countries.
ILGA-Europe, in cooperation with the European Parliament’s LGBT Rights Intergroup, launched the exhibition of 12 family posters entitled Different Families, Same Love, at the Parliament last week.
The posters highlight the challenges and issues LGBT families and their children face because of the lack of legal recognition, as well as the positive developments at European level advancing the legal situation for LGBT families and their children.