Same sex partnerships legalized in Greece

Syriza, a party that holds majority of seats at the Greek Parliament, voted for legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.

23 December 2015 09:00

194 Greek MPs voted in favor of a bill legalizing same-sex partnerships. Only one third of the lawmakers said ‘no’ to the bill, reports

Under the new law, couples that choose civil partnership will have the same rights as married couples and the same will apply to same sex couples who will now be entitled to pensions and subsidies. As few as 25 of the New Democracy Party’s 75 lawmakers gave their support to the bill, with the rest of the MPs voting in favor of the new law. The only condition the parliamentarians made was that the bill be amended to prevent same sex couples from adopting children.

Those who were opposed to the bill also included members of the Golden Dawn Party. Alexis Cipras welcomed the vote outcome saying that all Greek citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation should have equal rights.