Greece has always featured high up on the list of gay destinations, this in part due to a history of homosexual liberties in ancient times. In modern times, the islands, such as Mykonos and Santorini, have often been strong magnets for gay tourists. Popular gay-themed cruise ship tours frequently include Greece in their itineraries. It was with this in mind, that Athens and Greece evoked for me the ideals of the perfect expat location for a gay couple.
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LGBT rights in Greece - Wikipedia
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Greece have evolved significantly over the last years, establishing it as one of the most liberal countries in Southeast Europe. Despite this, Greek public opinion on homosexuality is generally regarded as increasingly culturally liberal , with same-sex unions being legally recognised since Both male and female same-sex sexual activity have been legal in Greece since , and anti-discrimination laws in employment were enacted in Since then, anti-discrimination laws have been extended to other spheres including gender identity.
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Illegal in some contexts. Source: Pew Research Center , June 4, Homosexual activity in Greece? Current status since Yes No.
A bill allowing such unions was approved by the Hellenic Parliament on 23 December and published in the government gazette the following day. The Government of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis , which governed until October , was opposed to same-sex marriage. The New Democracy -led Government had proposed legislation that would offer several rights to unmarried couples, but only to opposite-sex couples. If introduced, the law was expected to be declared unconstitutional or against EU principles if brought to Greek or European courts. The Panhellenic Socialist Movement PASOK under George Papandreou , then in opposition, presented in April , a legislative proposal for the recognition of unmarried couples, homosexual and heterosexual, following the French example of the civil solidarity pact.