With broader majority, the Greek Parliament adopted the new law on adoption as well as Article 8 of the draft law that allows fostering by same sex couples living under civil partnership. Article 8 divided political parties, even progressive SYRIZA, with some lawmakers from the ruling left-wing party to claim the Greek mostly conservative “society was not ready for this.”
One MP from Tsipras’ junior coalition partner ANEL went even so far to compare homosexuality with pedophilia. Kostas Katsikis‘ homophobic statements in at the draft law debated in the Plenary triggered sharp criticism, even by conservative New Democracy. Parliament Speaker, Nikos Voutsis, described them as “unspeakable”. After the outrage, Katsikis blamed the media for “misinterpreting of what he said.”
- Article 8 was voted with YES by 161 lawmakers, among them 4 ND MPs although the party line was against. Only 2 ANEL MPs voted in favor.
- 103 MPs out of a total 264 present, voted against it. Against voted also 2 SYRIZA MPs, while another 7 were absent.
The draft law on adoption was voted in principle by SYRIZA, ANEL, ND, PASOK, To Potami. Golden Dawn and Centrists’ Unionists voted against, Communist KKE voted “present.”
34 lawmakers were absent without justification, among them several PASOK MPs. IT should be noted that PASOK/MOvement for Change leader, Fofi Genimmata, voted in favor of Article 8.
Speaking at the parliament, Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, defended the legislation which aims make adoption and fostering easier in order to give opportunities to thousands of children in Greece’s children institutions.
“The major issue today is the state’s stance before children deprived of the opportunity to live a normal life, and growing up in institutions. (These) children who until now were unfortunately invisible to the state: children of a lesser God, deprived of the right to live and grow up in a home, in a family”, Tsipras said.
Greek society is indeed conservative in its majority, however, also a part of this society is moving forwards no matter what the Church or the close environment of family, relatives and friends say.