First same-sex marriage takes place in Greece

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Greece witnessed its first same-sex marriage ceremony on March 3, 2024.

The occasion comes in the wake of the Greek Parliament’s recent vote on a bill legalising same-sex marriage, a decision that sparked intense debate among lawmakers.

Stavros Gavriliades and Dimitris Eleysiniotis, a devoted couple of over two decades, exchanged vows at the Nea Smyrni municipality in Athens.

The ceremony, held at the Nea Smyrni municipal palace, was a private affair attended by close family members.

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First same-sex marriage took place in Greece.

The journey to this historic moment was not without its challenges. The parliamentary discussion surrounding the bill was marked by heated exchanges, with MPs from various parties expressing both support and opposition. However, despite the contentious nature of the debate, the bill ultimately received approval, opening the door for couples like Gavriliades and Eleysiniotis to formalise their union.

The couple’s commitment to each other has been unwavering, demonstrated by their decision to adopt three children, including twins. Throughout the legislative process, they remained actively engaged, closely following the developments from the visitors’ stands in Parliament.

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