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posted Friday, November 13, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 46
Greek government to introduce civil partnerships
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Greek government to introduce civil partnerships

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Greece's left-wing government announced November 9 that it would soon introduce a bill opening civil partnerships to same-sex couples.

Under existing Greek law, opposite-sex couples who don't want to be married by the Orthodox Church can sign a cohabitation agreement and get almost the same rights as married couples. The new law would open those legal protections to Gay and Lesbian couples.

According to Greek Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos the bill would give same-sex couples the same tax and pension benefits and the same inheritance rights as opposite-sex couples in civil partnerships.

Adoptions by same-sex couples will be the subject of a separate bill, to be introduced in the future, Paraskevopoulos said.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the country's first openly atheist leader, is currently in a civil partnership with his high school sweetheart Peristera Batziana. They have two sons.

Tsipras promised to enact civil partnerships for same-sex couples in the campaign leading up to Greece's January elections, but his government was preoccupied with debt negotiations with its European creditors. After signing a new accord with the European Central Bank and winning a second election in September, Tsipras is now in a position to deliver on non-economic parts of his platform.

Paraskevopoulos said that in addition to equalizing civil partnerships, the bill would also expand the country's anti-racism laws by banning discrimination on the basis of sex and religion.

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens, head of the ultra-traditionalist Greek Orthodox Church, did not have an immediate reaction to the new legislation, but he has previously denounced civil partnerships as 'a poor imitation' of marriage and 'a neoliberal rewarding of irresponsibility in interpersonal relations which it relegates to a simple transaction.'

Ieronymos is considered a moderate in the church. In 2008, when the socialist mayor of the island of Tilos married one Gay and one Lesbian couple, several bishops denounced the ceremonies as an 'abomination,' but Ieronymos shrugged them off.

'They weren't members of the Church and they didn't get married in a church,' he said, 'so the church really has nothing to say about it.'

Although the Prime Minister is an atheist and refused to allow the Archbishop to swear him in, the two leaders are reportedly on cordial terms.

In 2009, a Greek court ruled the Tilos marriages invalid, but in 2013 the European Court of Human Rights said that Greece could not discriminate against same-sex couples in its civil partnership laws.

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