Greece legalises same-sex civil partnerships – guess who opposed it?

December 28, 2015 at 10:19 am (Civil liberties, gay, Greece, homophobia, Human rights, Jim D, LGBT, stalinism)

Reuters (23 Dec) reported:

Greece late on Tuesday enacted a human-rights’ bill which allows civil partnership agreements between same-sex couples despite protests and opposition from political parties and the powerful Orthodox Church.

A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered partnership rights for same-sex couples, including Britain, Spain and Cyprus, but the issue remains contentious in many other EU states.

Although Greece allowed such agreements for heterosexual couples in 2008 it excluded homosexual couples, a move which the European Court of Human Rights ruled discriminatory in 2013.

On Tuesday, 193 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament voted in favour of similar rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who has promised social reforms to mitigate the negative impact of an EU/IMF bailout, said the bill closed “a circle of embarrassment for the state”.

“This is a great moment, not only for the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community, but also for legal equality in Greece”, Vasiliki Katrivanou, a lawmaker with Tsipras’ leftist Syriza party, told parliament.

“But what is worth discussing is … that it took us so long, that it took all these struggles”, she said adding the bill should pave the way for same-sex couples’ civil union, which has been Syriza’s pre-election promise.

As for who opposed it…

see: http://neurope.eu/article/greek-lawmakers-finally-approve-same-sex-civil-partnerships/

and: http://www.sigmalive.com/en/news/greece/139141/pm-bill-on-civil-unions-ends-the-backwardness-for-greece

5 Comments

  1. Howard Fuller said,

    Fascists and Stalinists. Who would have guessed. Next you’ll be telling us they don’t believe in democracy either!

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      They do believe in one party and one vote. And if you do not turn out to vote then look out for your shovel. It saves them time.

  2. Steven Johnston said,

    A modern day Nazi-Soviet pact?

    This one will really throw the Morning Star, they are pro-gay rights, or at least pretend to be, but love the KKE and hate Syriza.
    Though they love social democracy in Venezuela and idolise Corbyn.
    confused? We are but probably should be use to it.
    But are the KKE following the line of the homophobic Russian communist party?

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    I can’t find anything on their home page to suggest why they voted against it.
    http://inter.kke.gr/en/firstpage/
    So can only assume they take the batsh*t crazy line that homosexuality is a product of a decadent capitalist society and would disappear under socialism.

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    http://inter.kke.gr/en/articles/To-clarify-certain-issues/

    Seems like the Stalinist’s have been falling out with each other!

    So they’ve nothing wrong with the LGBT community, the just don’t want them to form families because to do that is coercion by the capitalist system…so erm…well that is somehow neither homophobic and different from the stance taken by Golden Dawn.

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