the first same sex marriage took place under police protection

the first same sex marriage took place under police protection

From Le Figaro with AFP

Published yesterday at 8:46 p.m., updated yesterday at 9:54 p.m.

Supporters of the LGBTQ community gather outside the Greek Parliament as lawmakers vote on a bill on marriage and adoption for same-sex couples in Athens, February 15, 2024. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

The first same-sex marriage took place in Greece this weekend under the protection of police, who reported “threats” to the lovers on Monday.

“Our wedding, which took place in the presence of our three children, took place without fear and stress, as it should,” the newlyweds wrote in a letter published on X by the police.

The couple, who said their safety had been “threatened,” thanked police for their help “during and after the ceremony,” the police statement said.

The 37th country in the world to introduce same-sex marriage

Greece passed a law on February 16 allowing same-sex marriages and the adoption of children by same-sex couples. Around 4,000 opponents of the law, led in particular by the far-right Niki party, which is close to Russia, demonstrated in front of parliament, brandishing icons of the Virgin Mary and Christian crosses.

This Mediterranean country, where the influential Orthodox Church vehemently rejected reform, became the 37th country in the world, the 17th in the European Union and the first Orthodox Christian country to legalize adoption for same-sex parents.

The leader of the left-wing Syriza party, the main opposition force in parliament, Stefanos Kasselakis, announced that he would marry his American partner Tyler McBeth in Greece this summer.

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