Greece becomes 26th European country to recognise same-sex partnerships

Among 249 present parliamentarians, 194 voted for and 55 voted against this law. The concept of registered partnership had existed in Greece since 2009 but was only available to heterosexual partners; this was declared discriminatory by the European Court of Human Rights.  As a result of today’s vote, same-sex couples will now benefit from various

In an unprecedented show of political support for the rights of LGBTI people, representatives from all the main parliamentary parties signed an equality pledge in Athens.   Representatives from Syriza, PASOK, New Democracy, DIMAR, The River and Enosi Kentroon signed a pledge stating their commitment to registered partnership, family law reform, legal gender recognition and

Greece to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples

Greece’s new government has announced it will grant legal recognition to same-sex couples. Greece lags behind most of Western Europe on gay rights, banning same-sex adoption and refusing to recognise same-sex relationships. However, the radical left-wing Syriza party – which swept to power earlier this month – has confirmed it will seek recognition for same-sex couples. Justice Minister Nikolaos

Greece ordered to open civil unions to same-sex couples

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Greece to allow same-sex couples to enter into the same civil unions it allows for same-sex couples. Greece has had opposite-sex civil unions since 2008 for heterosexuals who do not wish to marry and the European court in Strasbourg found that it was discriminatory for Greece to