Greece Allows Same-sex Couples to Have Children

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In a groundbreaking vote of 161 to 103, Greece has passed legislation that will allow gay couples to foster children. While adoption is still not allowed for gay couples in Greece, this new law will allow same-sex couples in civil partnerships to opportunity to ‘play parent’ while the child is in the process of returning to their ‘natural’ parents.

The new law approved Wednesday makes it easier — and faster — for people to foster or adopt children. The previous system was so ponderous and complex that several couples tried to bypass it through illegal adoptions.

Greece has a low birth rate and a rapidly aging population.

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