Greece Passes Landmark Law Legalising Same-Gender Marriage: A Milestone for LGBTQ+ Rights

In a historic move, Greece has recently enacted legislation legalising same-gender marriage, marking a significant milestone in the country’s journey toward LGBTQ+ rights.

Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples will now also be legally allowed to adopt children after Thursday’s 176-76 vote in parliament.

The passage of this law represents a progressive step forward for Greece, a nation with a rich cultural heritage but a historically conservative stance on issues of sexuality and gender identity.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the new law would “boldly abolish a serious inequality”.

The Evolution of LGBTQ+ Rights in Greece:

For years, Greece has grappled with the question of LGBTQ+ rights, with progress often hindered by deeply ingrained social attitudes and political conservatism. Despite this, there has been a gradual shift in public opinion, driven in part by advocacy efforts and changing generational attitudes.

The Road to Legalisation:

The journey toward legalising same-gender marriage in Greece has been long and arduous. Previous attempts to pass similar legislation have been met with opposition from conservative quarters within Greek society and politics. However, increased visibility and advocacy from LGBTQ+ rights groups, coupled with evolving societal norms, have paved the way for this landmark legislation.

Key Provisions of the Law:

The new law grants same-gender couples the right to marry and enjoy the same legal rights and protections as heterosexual couples. This includes recognition of marital status for tax purposes, inheritance rights, and access to spousal benefits such as healthcare and pensions. Additionally, the law allows for joint adoption by same-gender couples, extending family rights to LGBTQ+ individuals and families.

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