Opposition Leader Backs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Bloomberg SYRIZA Stefanos Kasselakis

In a landmark move for LGBTQ+ rights in Greece, the leader of the main opposition party has pledged support for the government's proposed bill legalizing same-sex civil marriage. This bipartisanship paves the way for potential swift approval of the legislation, marking a significant step forward for equality in the country.

Left-wing Syriza leader Stefanos Kasselakis, who himself married his partner abroad, announced his party's backing while raising concerns about the bill's lack of provisions for adoption and surrogacy for same-sex couples. Despite these reservations, he acknowledged the "positive elements" of the proposal and emphasized the importance of progress.

This crucial backing from Syriza's 38 seats in the 300-strong parliament practically guarantees the bill's success. While the ruling New Democracy party holds 158 seats, internal dissent could have jeopardized the vote. However, with Syriza's support, the legislation now has a clear path to becoming law.

The Greek Orthodox Church's vocal opposition highlights the challenges that remain in achieving inclusivity and acceptance for same-sex families and their desire for parenthood. Despite these hurdles, the legal recognition of same-sex marriage marks a historic step forward for LGBTQ+ rights in Greece, opening doors for further progress and social change.

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