Greece just legalized same-sex marriage. Will other Orthodox countries join them any time soon?

A supporter of the same-sex marriage bill, reacts during a rally at central Syntagma Square, in Athens, Thursday. Greece's lawmakers approved a bill that allows same-sex marriage, making the country the first Orthodox Christian to do so. [AP]

Greece has become the first majority-Orthodox Christian nation to legalize same-sex marriage under civil law. At least for the near future, it will almost certainly be the only one.

Eastern Orthodox leadership, despite lacking a single doctrinal authority like a pope, has been united in opposing recognition of same-sex relationships both within its own rites and in the civil realm. Public opinion in majority Orthodox countries has mostly been opposed, too.

But there are some signs of change. Two small majority-Orthodox countries, Montenegro and Cyprus, have authorized same-sex unions in recent years, as did Greece in 2015 before upgrading to this week's approval of full marital status.

Civil unions may become more common among Orthodox countries gravitating toward the European Union. They remain off the table in Russia, which has cracked down on LGBTQ+...

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