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In A Landmark Moment, Greece Has Become The First Orthodox Christian Country To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex partnerships have been legal in Greece since 2015, but now same-sex couples can get married as well as legally adopt children.

In a landmark moment, Greece has become the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Participants kiss each other during the Pride Parade in Athens, Greece on June 10, 2023. (Photo by Nicolas Koutsokostas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This comes after a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of a bill on Thursday, February 15 after decades of campaigning by LGBTQ rights activists.

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Participants dance in front of the Greek parliament during the Athens Pride parade in Athens, on June 10, 2023. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Same-sex partnerships have been legal in Greece since 2015, but now same-sex couples can get married as well as legally adopt children.

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A participant holds a placard reading “Did I vote on your marriage ?” during the Athens Pride parade in Athens, on June 10, 2023. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the law still bans gay couples from becoming parents through surrogacy, which is allowed for women who can’t have children due to medical reasons

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A gay couple kisses on February 14, 2011 during a protest against the Greek state’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriages on Athens’ Ermou St, the capital’s main shopping thoroughfare. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Greece’s prime minister, who had pushed for the law, called it a milestone for human rights, saying it will end a serious inequality in the country

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Two womn kiss as they take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in Athens, on June 13, 2015. (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community brandish a Rainbow Flag during the 9th annual Gay Pride march in Thessaloniki. (Photo by Sakis MITROLIDIS / AFP) (Photo by SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Greece has now become the 16th EU country and the first in southeastern Europe to achieve marriage equality.

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People carry placards, flags and balloons during the 6th annual Gay Pride march in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on June 17, 2017. (Photo by Grigoris Siamidis/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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