Greece's parliament passes bill allowing child fostering by same-sex couples
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Greece's Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity passed with a large parliamentary majority a bill allowing major changes to the country's adoption and fostering laws. The new legislation reduces the bureaucracy around the adoption process, and its Article 8 implements a historic change: same-sex couples in civil partnerships can now become foster parents.
Out of Greece's 300-seat parliament, a total of 264 deputies voted, with161 MPs in favor of the bill and 103 against. At the request of the far-right Golden Dawn a roll-call vote followed, which showed that two deputies from the leftist governing party SYRIZA had voted against the bill, while two from the right-wing ANEL (the second party of the governing coalition) and 4 from liberal-conservative New Democracy voted in favor.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke on the issue of child fostering, saying that:
"Fostering provides for the child to be able to return to their natural parents who, in addition, should be in contact with them during this period. I would say without exaggeration that fostering as an act is a model of altruism, solidarity and offering for those who choose it."
Some days prior to the vote, there was an intervention by 55 academics from Greece and abroad on the subject of fostering and adoption by homosexual couples:
"Empirical research does not support the perception that upbringing by a homosexual parent affects the development of gender identity of the child, and there is no empirical evidence that the presence of both male and female models at home promotes the adaptability and well-being of children and adolescents."
This article by Maria Souli originally appeared on Global Voices on 17/5/2018. Translation by Veroniki Krikoni. Editorial changes have been made.
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