Greece has approved same-sex marriage

Greece’s LGBTI+ community is celebrating a historic milestone in their country: same-sex marriage is now legal.

With this decision, Greece became the first predominantly Orthodox Christian country to allow gay marriage.

With 176 votes in favor and 76 against, Parliament also legalized adoption by same-sex couples.

“This is a milestone for human rights and reflects today’s Greece: a progressive and democratic country passionately committed to European values,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a post on X.

Greece Gay Marriage

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Surrogacy remains prohibited

Although same-sex couples in Greece can now adopt, they cannot have a child through a surrogate.

As in much of the European Union, surrogacy remains a topic of debate, and the Greek prime minister made it clear from the start that he was unwilling to address it.

“The idea of ​​women becoming machines to produce children on demand… that’s not going to happen,” Kyriakos clarified.

Outside Parliament in Athens, members of the LGBTQ+ community said they felt “seen” for the first time.

“I can go out, be myself and have the same rights as the rest of the people in society. I just feel visible, that’s the most important thing,” one of those present told CNN.

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The opposition demonstrates against same-sex marriage in Greece

However, the new measure faces strong resistance from the Orthodox Church, which does not shy away from holding demonstrations on the streets to express its total rejection.

In a letter to 300 lawmakers ahead of the vote, the Greek Orthodox Church said the bill puts the rights of gay adults above the interests of their future children by allowing them to be “raised by same-sex couples” and grow up without a father or mother in one Environment of confusing gender roles.

A protest rally outside parliament included people carrying crucifixes and robed priests joining far-right supporters in chanting: “Take your hands off our children.”

This is undoubtedly an important decision for the history of Greece, but let’s not forget that there are still areas that completely reject marriage between people of the same sex.

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