Greece To Grant Same-Sex Couples The Right To Civil Union

The Syriza party, Greece’s radical-left government have proposed a bill granting same-sex couples the right to a civil union, just two years after the European Court of Human Rights accused Greece’s existing legislation on the issue as insufficient and discriminatory.

This follows up from party’s electoral promises back in January, when the Syriza party had promised to change Greece’s laws to include gays in civil union. This updated bill will extend insurance, inheritance and taxation rights to same-sex couples, but sadly adoption is still not yet on the cards.

“With the enactment of a new civil union pact, Greece will cease to be one of the last European countries where same-sex couples do not receive some kind of official recognition for their relationship,” the justice ministry said in a statement yesterday.

Because the Syriza party is enjoying a majority in parliament, the bill will likely pass without difficulty.

Back in 2008 Greece had its first same sex-sex civil marriage, but was annulled by the court just a year later.