Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said Tuesday that Morphou Bishop Neophytos' remarks clash with Cyprus' laws protecting the rights of all its citizens. The bishop claimed that homosexuality is transferred to unborn children if a pregnant woman has anal sex, a comment that has no basis in science.
Prodromou said the bishop's remarks "insult the dignity and injures the reputation" of many citizens and should be retracted. He said Cyprus' human rights commissioner also considers the remarks discriminatory.
The bishop was speaking at a June lecture, citing what he said were an Orthodox saint's views about homosexuality.