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New Greek Gov't Grants Legal Status to Gay Couples

GAY1-870x418Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos told Parliament that legal cohabitation agreements will be made possible for same-sex couples in Greece, but gay adoptions will not be permitted yet.
The new government‘s pledge to grant legal civil partnerships to homosexual couples is in response to a 2013 decision by the Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights that awarded plaintiffs damages after successfully challenging the Greek state over the civil partnership law that has been available to heterosexual couples since 2008.
However, the support to same-sex marriage does not extend to gay adoptions. “It is a difficult issue that requires dialogue,” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras when asked about the subject recently. “There are disputes in the scientific community about this and we will not include it in our policy program.”
The justice minister did not specify when the changes in legislation will be implemented.

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