Greece Legalises Civil Partnerships
The Greek Parliament has approved a same-sex union bill which will give gay couples a greater range of legal rights.
The new legislation comes two years after Greece was criticised by the European Court of Human Rights for anti-gay discrimination.
The bill was passed with 193 voting in favour and 56 voting against.
The Greek Orthodox Church remains vehemently opposed to any legislation that recognises or validates same-sex relationships, and they remain the loudest critics of the new bill.
There is still no provision on same-sex couples being able to adopt children.
Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, said the vote was “a significant day for human rights", and admitted that the legislation was long overdue.