Athens, December 23, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Olga Mavrou
A controversial bill granting to same-sex couples the right to enjoy the benefits of the law of civil partnerships, passed in Greek Parliament late on Tuesday with 193 votes (the seats of the Greek parliament are 300 in total). The bill does not allow same-sex couples to marry or adopt children, as in other countries, and does not give them similar pension, tax and health rights, gay and lesbian activists said, but it is a step forward concerning their rights.
The bill “Agreement on cohabitation, exercise of rights”, was voted by SYRIZA, by the parties Democratic Coalition, Potami, Union of Centrists, as well as by 19 deputies from main opposition party New Democracy (29 MPs of this party voted against it) The MPs of the extreme-right wing party Golden Dawn and also of the Communist Party of Greece voted against From the party Independent Greeks 3 voted in favour of the bill, 5 against it and its leader preferred to be absent