Greece Legalizes Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Greece became the first Orthodox country to legalize same-sex “marriage” on February 15. The nation passed a new bill that also grants equal parental rights for same-sex couples as biological parents, including adoption.

The bill was passed 176 to 76 in the 300-seat Parliament after over 30 hours of intense debate over two days. Three far-right parties opposed the bill, but strong support from the center right and the left pushed it through.

Greece is the 16th country in the European Union and 37th country overall to legalize same-sex marriage.

‘Milestone’: Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis praised the vote on social media as “a milestone for human rights.” Stella Belia, head of same-sex parents group Rainbow Families, called it “a historic moment” and “a day of joy.”

Division: Opinion polls suggest Greece is divided on the issue; supporters for the reform lead by a narrow margin.

The country’s highly influential Orthodox Church is strongly opposed to the new bill. The church’s highest authority, the Holy Synod, said in a letter to lawmakers that the bill “abolishes fatherhood and motherhood, neutralizes the sexes,” and causes confusion for children.

Laws of marriage: Man can vote on the laws of marriage and redefine them, but God’s laws of marriage do not change. The second chapter of Genesis clearly shows that God ordained marriage to be between a male and female. When we break God’s law, we suffer the consequences.

Learn more: Read “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’–the New Mainstream.”