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Gay couple makes history with Greece's first same-sex marriage

Just over two weeks since Greece passed a bill recognising same-sex marriage, LGBTQ+ rights activists Stavros Gavriliadis and Dimitris Elefsiniotis have become the first same-sex couple to legally marry.The civic wedding, which took place in the City Hall of Nea Smyrni, a suburb of Athens, on Saturday, March 3, was solemnised by Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos, the deputy mayor of the town.Speaking to Skai TV, Anagnostopoulos said that the new law covered a legal gap, and he believed that other same-sex couples would follow suit.Whilst Greece has legally recognised same-sex unions since 2015, the new legislation which the Greek parliament passed on February 15, 2024, gives full marital recognition to same-sex couples, making it the first Christian Orthodox country to grant such rights to the LGBTQ+ community.Speaking to Bloomberg after the new law was passed, Gavriliadis, who had canvassed for the legislative change, said, “We will finally be a family with two surnames.” He added the law “honors freedom, equality, love, our dignity and ensures the rights of our children.”Gavriliadis and Elefsiniotis, who have been together for 20 years, have three children. Until now, they could not be recognized as both parents of their children.

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