Greece parliament passes new gender-change law

Greece’s parliament has approved a new law that will make it easier for people to change their legal gender.

Under the old law, those wanting to change their gender on official documents had to undergo sex-change surgery and medical tests.

Now, citizens over the age of 15 will now be able to change their gender with a court ruling and without requiring a medical operation.

The bill, which passed by 171 votes in Greece’s 300-seat parliament, removes medical requirements from the process of changing legal gender.

The Greek Orthodox Church have opposed the bill and called for it to be withdrawn, saying it “defies customs and common sense, and, above all, destroys people”.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in response said: “Absolutely no tradition, no perception of family calls for people to be sidelined or tossed aside into a social and institutional abyss.”

The new law has also been opposed by conservative politicians who said the minimum age of 15 was too young.

The leader of conservative opposition party New Democracy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said: “For us it is inconceivable to bar 15-year-olds from consuming alcohol, yet enabling them to take such an important decision.”

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