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Orthodox Christian Greece Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Greece has become the first Orthodox Christian country to allow same-sex marriage, ignoring oppostion from the Church and some politicians. 

176 lawmakers approved the move, while 76 voted against, two reportedly abstained, and another 46 were absent. 

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who had allegedly initiated the legislation, faced backlash from within his own cabinet.

“People who have been invisible will finally be made visible around us. And with them, many children [will] finally find their rightful place,” Mitsotakis told lawmakers before the vote.

“The reform that we are legislating today … will make the life of some of our fellow citizens that much better without – and I emphasize this – taking away anything from the lives of the many,” he added.

Greece is now the 35th nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

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