His eminence, Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou, claims that a pregnant mother enjoying anal sex will produce a gay child according to Patheos.
Cyprus Mail reports that the Christian bishop told an audience at a primary school in Akaki, Cyprus, last month that homosexuality is caused by pregnant women enjoying anal sex, declaring:
Homosexuality is usually a problem transferred to a foetus, when a pregnant woman has anal sex and enjoys it.
It happens during the parent’s intercourse or pregnancy. It follows an abnormal sexual act between the parents. To be more clear, anal sex.
[Saint Porphyrios] says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.
As for the political climate for gays in Cyprus, Pink News reports:
Cyprus decriminalised homosexuality in 1998, and has rapidly made reforms on LGBT+ issues, though ultra-conservative attitudes persist and it lags behind much of Europe.
The country banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2004, while civil unions were introduced for same-sex couples in 2015.
A hate crime bill protecting LGBT+ people was passed in 2015, while a public consultation was held on a proposed gender recognition law in 2018.
However, same-sex adoption is still not legal in Cyprus and gay people remain banned from serving in the military.