Greece: new bill to boost rights for gay couples

But it does not permit marriage between same-sex couples

11 June, 11:24

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JUNE 11 - A Justice Ministry bill that was put up for public consultation stipulates that same-sex couples entering cohabitation agreements should have the same rights as married couples but bars them from marriage and common adoption. As Kathimerini online reports, the bill, which was posted on the ministry's website this week, essentially amends an existing law granting greater rights to heterosexual couples who are not married, seven years after its approval. This follows Greece's conviction in December 2013 by the European Court which deemed that the existing law discriminates against gays. The new bill does not permit marriage between same-sex couples, but several appeals by citizens to the Supreme Court demanding the right to gay marriage are pending. On the issue of adoption, although the bill prohibits joint adoption by same-sex couples, existing legislation allows individuals to adopt children. The bill, which has been drafted by Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, foresees that both heterosexual and same-sex couples signing a cohabitation agreement have the same rights in terms of pensions, taxation and inheritance as couples who are married. As regards the division of property and assets, parties entering cohabitation agreements can choose to retain a majority stake for themselves rather than sharing all their assets with their partners. (ANSAmed).

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