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Greece to extend civil unions to gay couples

Greece to extend civil unions to gay couples

Greece’s radical-left government Wednesday (10 June) introduced legislation on same-sex unions for the first time, two years after the European Court of Human Rights condemned the country for excluding gay couples from civil unions.

The bill will extend insurance, taxation, inheritance rights to gay couples, but not adoption.

‘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.

The ruling Syriza party has a majority in parliament, so the bill is expected to pass without difficulty when it goes to a vote in July.

Greece’s first gay marriage was held in 2008 but was annulled by a court the following year.