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Local News -- 19 November 2011 -- 10:35CEST
The Malta Gay Rights Movement expressed doubt on whether the Nationalist Party's bid to grant rights to non-married couples, including same-sex ones, was simply referring to cohabitation or a more comprehensive vision.
"It's positive that the PN are considering granting rights to same-sex couples, but we're doubtful if this simply refers to cohabitation rights or a more comprehensive view of gay rights in general," said MGRM co-ordinator Gabi Calleja, when contacted by di-ve.com today.
"We will have to wait and see how many of the rights and responsibilities are being included in these proposals."
The PN document, which is currently under discussion, says that the party cannot ignore current realities and the law should cater for the rights and responsibilities of unmarried couples, both heterosexual and homosexual.
The party underscored its view that the family remains at the core of society and says it will work to further strengthen the family. It officially dumped its anti-divorce stance and said it remained committed to strengthening the family while helping those whose marriage fails. It also professed its commitment to helping childless couples and single-parent families.