Greek "Yes" to gender-change bill, Article 3 on gender change age passed by Parliament

Greek "Yes" to gender-change bill, Article 3 on gender change age passed by Parliament
After a heated parliamentary debate, Greek parliament voted in favour of Article 3 of a draft law on gender identity.

The Article refers to the age at which young people will be able and allowed to legally have a gender change. More specifically, this Article allows youth aged 15 or older to have the sex reassignment surgery (SRS).

Article 3 was passed in parliament in a roll-call vote on Tuesday, with 148 votes in favour out of a total of 285 MPs present.

Furthermore, although many politicians and the Greek Orthodox Church were against it, the relevant draft bill was also passed as a whole, with 171 supporting it in principle whereas 114 voted against it.

All the individual articles barring article 3 were passed with the votes of 165 MPs, 119 against and one abstaining. The number of the MPs against the article in question were 124 and 13 abstained.

An amendment regarding the Turkish Union of Thrace was supported by 248 MPs, with 39 voting against.

Ruling coalition leader SYRIZA and the Potami party voted in favour of the bill in principle, as well as the individual articles and the amendment.

Main opposition New Democracy opposed the bill in its entirety, except for the amendment.

Far-right Golden Dawn, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and Centrists' Union voted against the bill in its entirety. Last but not least, the Democratic Alliance voted in favour for everything except Article 3, where they abstained.../IBNA

Photo: Daphne Kokot

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