Hundreds of protesters opposed to bill allowing same-sex marriage rally in Greek capital

Feb 11, 2024

Athens: more than 1,500 protesters gathered in central Athens on Sunday for opposed to law that will legalize gay marriage in Greece. Bill Voting is scheduled to take place in Parliament in a few days. greeceThe U.S. conservative government is sponsoring the bill but it will need the votes of the center and left opposition parties for approval. However, some centre-left MPs have also opposed the bill.
Organizers of Sunday's rally — religious groups — described the bill as a threat to the traditional family. Many protesters chanted “Hands off our children”.
“Unfortunately, the woke agenda has also reached Greece and that agenda includes gay marriage,” Dimitris Natsios, leader of the far-right and staunchly religious Niki party, told The Associated Press.
“Greece is a Christian Orthodox country and our tradition does not allow it… We know and respect one type of marriage: Orthodox Christian marriage. Our Constitution does not even provide for it, so this bill is unconstitutional And contrary to our faith in Jesus Christ,” Natsios said.
The Niki Party, founded in 2019, entered parliament in 2023. In the most recent election, in June, it finished sixth with 3.70% of the vote and elected 10 MLAs to the 300-member assembly.
Many gay couples looking to start a family in Greece are currently getting married in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
Greece has legalized “cohabitation contracts” for same-sex couples since December 2015. It has also allowed a change in gender identity by simple declaration without mandating psychiatric evaluation and gender reassignment surgery in October 2017.
If the bill is approved, Greece would become the first majority conservative country to legalize gay marriage.

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