HETEROSEXUAL FAMILY IN A CRISIS? INTRODUCING THE ACT OF 4356/2015

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Abstract

The legal recognition of same-sex parenting is a request of the Greek LGBTQI+ movement, which is constantly gaining popularity in Greece. Yet, such a request is not included in the current legislation. Opposing voices come from a majority of the officials of the Greek Orthodox Church, political parties, and parts of the society. Same-sex families often face discrimination in the social context they live in; it is argued that the existence of a legal framework alone is not enough to determine whether a society truly accepts same-sex families (Hicks, 2006). The assumption that parental responsibility is strictly a right of heterosexual couples comes from the ideological basis of the so-called nuclear family; it can lead to discrimination against non-traditional family formulations (Berkowitz, 2009). Same-sex couples are considered destined to live a life of isolation and loneliness, as society has ruled them out as unfit to have a family of their own because of their sexual orientation. The adoption of the heteropatriarchal concepts of kinship will be examined, along with their influence on passing Law no. 4356/2015 (the extension of the cohabitation pact to same-sex couples).
Original languageGreek
Title of host publication 7th Conference of the Hellenic Sociological Society (HSS)
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2022

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