Same-sex marriage and adoption approved in Greece.

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The Greek Parliament approved, this Thursday (15), the marriage and adoption of minors by same-sex couples.

In a historic victory,  the Greek parliament approved, this Thursday (15), the bill that allows civil marriage and adoption by same-sex couples . The proposal was approved by 176 votes after two days of debate, despite strong opposition from the Orthodox Church.

With 176 votes in favor, 76 against and two abstentions, the reform was approved handily thanks to the votes of several opposition parties, while some of the 158 deputies from the ruling party, the conservative New Democracy (ND), voted against or abstained. . The project needed a simple majority to be approved in the 300-member Parliament.

In this way, Greece becomes the 20th country in Europe and the first Orthodox Christian country to allow same-sex marriage.

Currently, 36 countries in the world (35 States belonging to the United Nations, in addition to the autonomous territory of Taiwan), allow marriage, of which 20 are European: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Another 11 are from the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, United States, Mexico and Uruguay. South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Taiwan complete the list.

The Netherlands was the first country to authorize same-sex marriage in 2001, followed by Belgium in 2003, Canada and Spain in 2005, South Africa in 2006, Norway and Sweden in 2009, Portugal, Iceland and Argentina in 2010 and Denmark in 2012.

In 2013, the marriage was judicially recognized in Brazil and approved by law in Uruguay, New Zealand and France.

The United Kingdom joined the list in 2014 (with the exception of Northern Ireland, which only allowed such unions in early 2020); and Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland, USA and Puerto Rico in 2015.

Colombia followed in 2016; Finland, Malta and Germany in 2017; Australia, which celebrated its first same-sex marriages in January 2018; Austria, Taiwan and Ecuador in 2019; Costa Rica in 2020; Chile, Switzerland, Cuba and Mexico in 2022; and in 2023 Slovenia, Andorra and Nepal. In Estonia it came into force on January 1, 2024.

There are also States that allow civil unions between people of the same sex, with rights equal to or similar to those of marriage, but without this name, as is the case of Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic and, until now, Greece.

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