Same-sex partnership bill approved in Greek Parliament by 194 MPs

Greece is no longer one of the few EU countries that don’t recognize LGBT civil unions, something that the European Court of Human Rights ruled was in violation of human rights

The same-sex partnership bill was approved by Greek Parliament early on Wednesday at the end of Tuesday’s debate. The new legislation was approved by the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) but failed to gain the support of its junior coalition partner, right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL).

The bill was passed with the approval of SYRIZA, socialist PASOK, centrist Potami (River) and the Union of Centrists. The bill in principle received 194 votes in favor, 55 against, whereas 51 deputies were absent from the voting.

The conservative main opposition New Democracy party broke out into three strands with 29 deputies voting against it, 27 abstaining and 19 approving the bill. Five ANEL deputies voted against the bill, 3 in favor and ANEL leader Panos Kammenos was absent from the voting.

The new law promotes LGBT rights as it offers same-sex couples the same legal partnership union as heterosexuals.


  • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Misha Lappalainen Jörgensson

    Wait.. Was it approved?? What was the vote breakdown??

  • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Misha Lappalainen Jörgensson

    Great news!

  • Georg Friedrich

    What a shame or an religious Orthodox country.

    • Helena Matera

      You must be confused. Greece is the birthplace of Democracy, we cant be the backyard Europe in terms of Human Rights. This could be a shame. The birthplace of Democracy not recognizing equality for all of its citizens both gay and straight ones, is what could be a shame, And bear in mind that Democracy in Greece existed centuries before the Orthodox Church was founded and it should not be confused with the religions.

  • Georg Friedrich

    Gay partnerships is a very controversial issue. An democratic referendum, when all citizens can declare their position, would be a much better solution here than simple vote in the parliament. Slovenia did it just few days ago, then why not Greece?

  • Sergey Sergeyev

    Thx Jeasus a’m not born in there, EU seems to be in the deep ass

    • Helena Matera

      Why everytime when it comes to Human rights for straight men, we dont call forth Jesus, but when it is a gay human rights case, Jesus is called?

      What does Jesus has to do with human rights in first place? Jesus is about faith, love, compassion, understanding, sacrifice. Jesus is not about Human Rights.