Greece votes in favour of equal rights same-sex couples

A new directive regarding civil partnership has just been issued by the Hellenic Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, providing civil partners with the same rights as married couples. In particular, couples entering a civil partnership have now the same rights, obligations, benefits or limitations as married couples, with regards to social, insurance and labour law.  This has been a strong request of the LGBT community in Greece as it fully recognizes same-sex couples and their rights in Greek society. Civil rights, inheritance issues, taxation and public employee law rights will now apply to all couples, regardless of their sex orientation.

A man holds a placard reading "All I want for Christmas is equality" during a demonstration of gay rights activists and members of the Athens LGBT community outside the Greek parliament in Athens on December 22, 2015 as parliament votes on granting same-sex couples the right to a civil union, despite strong opposition from the influential Orthodox church.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs announcement came as a direct consequence of the amendments made to the 2015 legislation that allowed same-sex couple to make a civil union. Legal provisions were not made especially on social and insurance issues such as health benefits or marriage allowance and leave of absence. On November 2016, new legislation passed that made it clear that there should be no discrimination based on sex orientation thus ensuring that civil partners are equal to married partners.


On December 2015, the vast majority of the Greek Parliament voted for the civil partnership, allowing same-sex couples to officially unite for the first time in Greek history. Legal recognition of same-sex couples was long awaited by the LGBT community and so was the full recognition of their civil partnership. Steps must now be made to ensure that such legislation and directives are put into practice and improve the everyday life of the LGBT community members in Greece.

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[post written by DIVERCITY partner Family & Childcare Center, KMOP]