Thursday, 3 July 2008

Times: AD calls for recognition of foreign same-sex partnerships
Thursday, 3rd July 2008

Alternattiva Demokratika said today that Malta should recognise same-sex partnerships formed abroad in the same way as it recognised marriages and divorces obtained in EU countries.

It said that recognition of same-sex partnerships would facilitate the entry and residence of such persons.

AD spokesman Patrick Attard said: "Since Malta is part of the European Union and party to the Schengen Agreement, it is obliged, in terms of Directive 2004/38/EC, to grant extensive rights of entry, residence and movement to European Citizens and to third country nationals given a right of entry or residence in any member state. Dependants of these persons are then given either identical rights or benefits depending on their form of dependence.

"The situation of LGBT partners however is an issue in that the EU Directive limits itself to considering as dependants those LGBT partners (and their own dependants) who, in the host state, are in a civil partnership considered equivalent to marriage. All other LGBT partners who are in a durable relationship are granted 'benefits' but not the full rights. The EU directive thus does not oblige member states to recognise foreign civil same sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage, however it does oblige them to facilitate the entry and residence of such persons - and Malta should comply. The EU is not only about free trade it is also about respect and inclusiveness," Dr Attard said.

Original Press Release:
Alternattiva Demokratika welcomes the conclusions of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) report on Human Rights

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