Greece legalizes same-sex marriage, adoption rights

by ian


Greece is now the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Hellenistic Parliament voted 176-76 in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry. For context, the bill is more about allowing these couples to adopt children or pay for surrogacy. Homosexual couples were already granted other legal rights of marriage in a 2015 civil union act.

The Greek Orthodox Church vehemently opposed its passage, writing that the act abolishes “bioethics, Christian values, and the Greek family tradition.” They add that it conflicts with a “children’s right to have paternal and maternal presence and care.”

Interestingly, the parliament rammed the bill through with tepid support than the general public. Greeks only narrowly supported the marriage law overall.

The bill shows orthodoxy’s waning influence over the European country. Although most Greeks claim to be orthodox, church attendance has declined over the past 40 years.