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Greece vows to recognize gay couples

New government says civil unions will be extended to same-sex partners

Greece vows to recognize gay couples

Greece’s new left-wing government has vowed to recognize gay couples in response to a 2013 international court decision condemning the country for discrimination.

Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos yesterday (9 February) told parliament that civil unions, introduced in 2008, would be extended to gay couples but did not say when.

Syriza ousted the conservative New Democracy party in last month’s general election and formed a coalition government with a right-wing party, which in the past opposed granting gay couples legal status.

In 2013, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Greek legislation on civil unions was discriminatory and ordered the country to pay damages to the four gay couples who filed the case.

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