Greek parliament legalizes same-sex marriage

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Greece becomes 1st Orthodox Christian country to allow same-sex unions despite opposition from Greek Church.


Greece’s parliament voted late Thursday to legalize same-sex civil marriage, making it the first Orthodox Christian country to do so.

Out of the 254 lawmakers who participated in the roll call vote, a majority of 176 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill. Another 76 rejected it, while two abstained and 46 were not present.

“This is a milestone for human rights, reflecting today’s Greece — a progressive and democratic country passionately committed to European values,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on X.

Greece has also become the 16th European Union country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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