The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) co-hosted yet another successful event with the Greek chapter of the “Students for Liberty” in Thessaloniki as around a hundred guests attended the debate about “individual liberty and the right to marry and adopt for the same-sex couples”. The panel discussion came at a very accurate time given the recent decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to declare Greece’s statutory rule for the status of marriage for same sex couples as a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The keynote speakers were Gregory Vallianatos, activist and plaintiff of the case “Vallianatos et al. vs. Greece”, as well as Lina Papadopoulou, Professor of Constitutional Law, and Aspasia Tsaoussi, Professor of Sociology of Law, both of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Gregory Vallianatos presented the current situation of the LGBTI community in Greece and lively explained the judicial processes he and his affiliates followed over the last months. Professor Papadopoulou presented the current legal views on marriage and child adoption, eventually demanding for equality of opposite and same sex couples before the law. Professor Tsaousi then compared the situation in Greece with other countries such as the United States, from which she developed a sociology of anti-discrimination laws and subsequently, the right to marry and adopt. After the speeches, a very vivid discussion with the audience followed.