With a generous majority, the Greek parliament has adopted a bill that will make registered partnership for same-sex couples possible. Of the 300 parliamentarians, 193 voted in favour of the bill. Gay marriage is still not possible in Greece, and same-sex couple are also incapable of adopting children.
Two years ago, the country was corrected by the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament for discrimination, after several gay couples instituted legal proceedings. The government had to pay damages to the couples.
The new partner law is opposed by the Greek-Orthodox Church, which is of the opinion that equal rights for homosexuals undermine traditional family values. Initially, the bill also mentioned custody and adoption, but these passages were stricken before the vote in parliament.
In a response, Human rights organisation Amnesty International called the bill 'an important and historic step in the right direction'. The law is expected to come into effect this year.