EU: a great gay republic?
The ancient Greeks saw sexuality as a state of ultimate friendship between two human beings. Romantic encounters between men were a part of that philosphy. Many of the great men of ancient Greek history had homosexual affairs; Alexander III of Macedon (AKA "the Great"), for instance; also philosphers such as Socrates or Plato... the list goes on.
Today, the EU and European countries seems to be home to many LGBT politicians, many in prominent positions. The cases of Pim Fortuyn; UK MP and former member of cabinet, Chris Smith; President of the EU Parliament, Josep Borrell are but a few examples. In the past few days, however, we have seen much activity regarding the issue of homosexuality in one of the EU's most conservative and traditionalist countries, Portugal. The man who is most likely set to win the general elections of next February 20th, Socialist candidate José Sócrates has seen his campaign "tarnished" by acusations of his apparent relationship with a well-known portuguese actor, Diogo Infante. In a country where abortion is not even legal, some segments of society vociferously demand the debate over same-sex marriage be open. Will another gay Socrates bring Portugal into the 21st century, the century of Europe, of open-mindedness and liberty? How will Portugal vote? What will Socrates do?
Partido Socialista - Socialist Party