Friday, 26 October 2012

Malta Today: Cohabitation and IVF Bills discriminate against LGBT persons – AD

AD says both Nationalist and Labour support cohabitation and IVF Bills which discriminate against LGBT persons.
Thursday 25 October 2012 - 12:03

Same-sex couples will still be discriminated by the cohabitation and IVF Bills says AD, "They should have full marriage rights as enjoyed by heterosexual couples".

Alternattiva Demokratika said that the cohabitation law as proposed by the government “leaves much to be desired” as it retains some forms of discrimination toward LGBT persons.

AD Chairman Michael Briguglio said that while the Labour Party was trying to depict itself as an equal rights party, it unfortunately still agreed with certain forms of discrimination.

“Unfortunately, the PL opposes marriage rights and same sex couples having the right to adopt. With AD, everyone one knows where they stand and we are clear in our anti-discrimination position which ensures full equality in all social and family policies,” Briguglio said.

AD spokesperson for Social Policy and Civil Rights Angele Deguara added that there should be full equality between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples in all aspects of life.

“Same-sex couples should have full marriage rights as enjoyed by heterosexual couples and regarding adoption, there should be no discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, including couples, and every case should be considered on its own merits in respect to the best interests of the child,” Deguara said.

All civil Legislation should prohibit any form of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression according to Deguara.

“This is particularly pertinent in relation to the IVF bill also being currently debated in parliament which discriminates against lesbians who might require fertility treatment,” she concluded.

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