CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: [UPDATE] Greece Becomes First Orthodox Christian Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in a Landmark Decision | Will be the 16th European Union Nation and the 35th Country Worldwide
Greece has become the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex civil marriage, despite Church authorities’ objections.
Late Thursday, a cross-party majority of 176 legislators in the 300-seat parliament approved the measure proposed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ center-right administration.
Another 76 voted against the measure, 2 abstained, and 46 were absent.
The new legislation acknowledges parental rights for same-sex couples, but homosexual men will not be able to have biological children through surrogate moms in Greece.
Greece’s parliament will vote Thursday to legalize same-sex civil marriage, a first for an Orthodox Christian country, despite objections from the prominent Greek Church.
As parliamentarians discussed the measure for the second day, surveys show that most Greeks accept the proposed reform by a narrow margin.
The topic has failed to spark significant splits in a population more concerned about its high cost of living.
The major measure written by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ center-right administration has the support of 4 left-wing parties, including Syriza, the main opposition.
That would give it a solid majority in the 300-member parliament.
Several majority and left-wing legislators are anticipated to abstain or vote against the revision, but not enough to defeat the legislation.
3 tiny far-right groups, as well as the Soviet-inspired Communist Party, have all opposed the draft bill.
The bill would grant full parental rights to married same-sex couples with children.
However, it bans homosexual couples from becoming parents through surrogate moms in Greece, which is now allowed to women who are unable to have children due to medical reasons.
The greatest resistance to the new bill has come from the conservative Church of Greece, which also opposes heterosexual civil marriage.
Church leaders have focused their opposition on the bill’s consequences for traditional family values, claiming that prospective judicial challenges might lead to a future expansion of surrogacy rights to gay couples.
Politically, the same-sex marriage bill is unlikely to affect Mitsotakis’ administration, which was easily re-elected last year after securing a large share of the centrist vote.
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