Monday, 2 July 2012

Malta Star: New rights for cohabiting straight and gay couples
Thursday, 28 Jun 2012, 14:33

Two days ago Justice Minister Chris Said tabled the first reading of a cohabitation bill that will recognise new rights for unmarried couples, both straight and gay. The bill has not been tabled but only its title. The bill has yet to be discussed in the PN parliamentary group and the cabinet.

The law is expected to provide civil rights for unmarried couples, which will now be formally recognised by the law if they are part of a stable relationship. Gay couples are set to have their relationship recognised at law. Last November after losing the divorce referendum the PN approved a document saying that the state "must legislate wherever necessary to establish the rights and responsibilities of such relationships for both heterosexuals and homosexuals".

Legislation to recognize civil partnerships for gays was to be promised in the coming Labour Party electoral programme.

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