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Historic Legislation:

The Greek parliament passed a groundbreaking law legalizing same-sex civil marriage, marking a significant milestone for LGBTQ+ rights in Greece and positioning the country as the first Orthodox Christian nation to do so.

Government Approval:

Despite resistance from the influential Greek Orthodox Church, the center-right government, supported by four center and left-wing parties, successfully championed the bill. Polls indicated majority support among Greeks for the legislation.

Prime Minister’s Perspective:

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailed the passage of the bill as a breakthrough, emphasizing the removal of barriers and the promotion of coexistence in a free and inclusive society.

Public Demonstrations:

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Supporters of the bill, brandishing rainbow flags, and opponents, holding religious icons and praying, held separate but peaceful gatherings outside parliament during the legislative process.

Parental Rights:

The legislation grants full parental rights to married same-sex partners with children. However, it excludes gay couples from parenthood through surrogate mothers within Greece, a practice currently available to women facing health-related infertility.

Church Opposition:

The Greek Orthodox Church, expressing concerns about the preservation of traditional family values, vehemently opposed same-sex marriage, considering it a threat to the conventional family model and citing potential impacts on the country’s birth rate.

International Influence:

Other Orthodox countries, including the Ecumenical Patriarchate based in Istanbul, Turkey, have echoed similar sentiments, reflecting broader apprehension towards gay rights in Eastern and Southern Europe compared to Western Europe.

Political Landscape:

Despite the contentious nature of the issue, the legalization of same-sex marriage in Greece represents a rare moment of consensus in the political arena, particularly amidst the backdrop of forthcoming EU-wide elections where politicians are eager to differentiate themselves.

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