Greece's 300-member Parliament approved the bill granting same-sex couples equal rights in marriage in a roll call vote on Thursday night. The reform extends full parental rights to gay couples but will not allow for medically assisted reproduction through a surrogate.
The bill was voted on by 254 lawmakers, with 176 voting in favor and 76 against.
Six months after the national elections and another six months before the European Parliament elections, the ruling New Democracy (ND) party continues to dominate the precious political center, but with some scars.
A poll conducted by Prorata on the voters occupying the political center and their preferences in Greece showed that in the June elections some 58% of them voted for ND.
PASOK requested the creation of a parliamentary committee that would carry out a preliminary investigation into the fatal Tempi train collision that occurred in central Greece earlier this year.
The 20-page document, signed by party leader Nikos Androulakis and PASOK's entire parliamentary group, was sent to Parliament President Constantine Tassoulas.
The new raises that will be legislated by the Finance Ministry's bill to boost incomes and families will include raises and lower taxes resulting in an extra month's salary per year for 650,000 civil servants, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in Parliament on Wednesday, noting that main opposition SYRIZA and PASOK will vote down the first such raises for them in the last 14 years.