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ATHENS, Greece — The chief of Greece’s opposition has promised to legalize same-sex marriage with full parental rights if he wins a basic election subsequent month, in a transfer that might make it the primary predominantly Orthodox Christian nation to take action.

Alexis Tsipras, who heads the principle left-wing opposition occasion, Syriza, stated his authorities would grant same-sex {couples} the authorized proper to marry.

“The time has lastly come, victory for our occasion will … imply full rights for {couples} no matter their gender,” Tsipras stated in a recorded video message at an occasion organized by the youth wing of his occasion Monday and posted on the Web Tuesday.

Tsipras stated Greece ought to undertake suggestions made in a decision handed by the European Parliament in 2021, urging EU member states to completely harmonize rights for same-sex {couples} with these granted extra broadly.

Similar-sex marriage is acknowledged throughout most of western Europe, however not in Italy and Greece the place civil partnerships exist, together with most different EU members in jap Europe.

The 48-year-old Tsipras is difficult center-right Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis within the Could 21 election. He’s trailing in opinion polls regardless of a narrowing lead for the conservatives in current weeks following a lethal rail catastrophe.

Strict monetary controls on European Union bailout lenders ended final yr, and the election battle to this point has centered largely on social points, that embody a pledge final week by the prime minister to increase a wall on the Greek-Turkish border to maintain out migrants.

Towards opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church and political conservatives, same-sex civil unions had been legalized in 2015 underneath a earlier authorities led by Tsipras.

LGBT teams in Greece have lengthy campaigned for members of their communities to have full household rights and sought the harder enforcement of anti-discrimination legal guidelines.

A annual report on human rights by the U.S. State Division praised efforts by authorities to deal with violence and discrimination however added that assaults in opposition to LGBT people have persevered.