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Greece allows Homosexual Foster Families
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of May 15, 2018) By 161 votes to 103, the Greek Parliament adopted a bill on the adoption and housing of children on May 9, 2018. Article 8 of this bill allows registered homosexual couples to become foster families. However, the new law, which simplifies and accelerates the formalities for adoptions and foster families, does not allow gay couples to actually adopt children. Among the elected representatives of the ruling coalition, the left voted in favor and the right (independent Greeks) against this text. The Orthodox Church had tried in vain to have Article 8 deleted.
The new law provides for a maximum waiting period of eight to twelve months to complete all administrative procedures required for the adoption and placement of minor children in foster families, which took up to six years on average until now. The administrative deadlines were often extended by legal delays.
Of the approximately 3,000 children in Greece’s orphanages, only 216 were adopted in 2016, compared to 563 in 2012.
In Greece, homosexual and heterosexual couples have been allowed to conclude a same-sex civil unions since December 24, 2015 (“Cohabitation Agreement”), and since December 9, 2016 such registered couples have enjoyed the same advantages as married couples in most areas. The first such partnership was signed on January 25, 2016 – however, some local authorities still deny homosexual couples the same advantages as heterosexual ones.
In Greece, gay marriage has still not been legalized, although there are no legal obstacles to it: No law defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman, nor is there any explicit prohibition of same-sex marriages. But the courts have already ruled that gay marriages are illegal because no law explicitly allows them.
According to Wikipedia and a DiaNeosis survey of December 2016, a quarter of the Greek population (26%) supports adoption by gay couples and half of the population (50%) is in favor of gay marriage.