Recently a lesbian organization discovered a loophole in a 26-year-old law that does not specify gender in civil weddings. The Mayor of Tilos, a small island just a few miles from Rhodes, Tassos Alfieris, offered to carry out the first gay wedding ceremony in Greece, despite the strong objections expressed by the Greek Orthodox Church. On Friday, the Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas, in an effort to block a gay marriage, issued a directive to prosecutors, stating that marriage between same-sex couples would be “automatically nullified and considered illegal”.