Greece Moves Closer to Marriage Equality as Parliament Considers Historic Bill

Marriage Equality 2024

Athens, Greece (February 14, 2024): A landmark bill granting same-sex couples the right to marry is set for debate and vote in the Greek Parliament today, potentially marking a significant step towards equality for LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The bill, titled "Equality in civil marriage, amendment of the Civil Code and other provisions," aims to uphold the constitutional principles of freedom and equality by extending the institution of marriage to same-sex couples. This move aligns with a report by the Parliament's Scientific Service, which argues that such an extension is fully compatible with the Greek Constitution.

The legislation is expected to spark lively debate, with up to two days allocated for discussion and voting. While the major political parties, including New Democracy, SYRIZA, PASOK, New Left, and Plefsis Eleftherias, have expressed preliminary support, opposition is expected from KKE, Hellenic Solution, Niki, and the Spartans, each with their own arguments against the bill.

This development comes after Greece legalized registered cohabitation agreements for same-sex couples in 2015, a notable step towards equality but falling short of full marriage rights.

With public opinion polls indicating growing support for marriage equality, the upcoming vote promises to be a significant moment for LGBTQ+ rights in Greece. Whether the bill will pass remains to be seen, but its consideration by the Parliament represents a crucial step towards achieving equal recognition and protection for all loving couples in the country.

(Source: AMNA)

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