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Motion for cohabitation bill's first reading presented

Motion for bill that will also give rights to gay partners presented in House in week of gay pride celebrations.

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Matthew Vella
28 June 2012, 12:00am
Justice and family minister stewarded the cohabitation bill into parliament, but the devil will be in the detail when the bill is officially tabled.
Justice and family minister stewarded the cohabitation bill into parliament, but the devil will be in the detail when the bill is officially tabled.
Justice minister Chris Said has tabled a motion for the bill that will finally bring into law a 1998 electoral pledged to recognise new rights for unmarried couples, both straight and gay.

The motion for a first reading for a cohabitation bill was presented to the Clerk of the House on Tuesday evening, ahead of the start of a weeklong gay pride celebration by the Malta Gay Rights Movement.

Final touches to the law will be applied by the Cabinet this week. Government whip David Agius said the contents of the law will be discussed by the PN parliamentary group in the coming week.

Among other things, 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 durable relationship.

Gay couples are set to have their relationship recognised at law with the government, fulfiling one of the declarations of intent in the Nationalist Party's latest policy document, published last November, which noted that the state "must legislate wherever necessary to establish the rights and responsibilities of such relationships for both heterosexuals and homosexuals".

The pledge to legislate for civil partnerships for gay couples was also taken up by Labour, which had previously stated the law would be part of its election manifesto.

The Church is expected to pronounce itself against civil partnerships for gay couples, after Pope Benedict XVI said any deviation from the traditional understanding of marriage would "threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself."

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Matthew Vella is executive editor at MaltaToday.
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Mark Warner
"... and the future of humanity itself." This is just a FARCE. It is proven from other countries that this does not hold ground. Gay people have becomne parents, not totally from the "normal" way but through other means which have become acceptable. The real aim is to keep humanity going (surviving). Gay can keep to this, by reproducing also. IVF is one means, surrogation is another. What is wrong for the church if a new life begins. After all, is this not the intent, as long as the new born is looked after to survive decently. In Africa millions of children are born but how many survive the hardships and the deseases of that land? Come on, come down back to reality. How many illegitimate children are born to straight couples? Does the church condemn these innocent children. God only knows what future personalities might there be from these children. So why not children of gay couples who can also be brought up in love and respect?
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Mark Warner
May I point out that when the PN and Eddie Fenech Adami came out with the promise of the Cohabition Law they/he never intended to include Gay Couples in the bill. It was only the hard work of gay activists and their supporters in the past 12 years that brought out these changes in the Bill. So the only thanks go to MGRM, Aditus and certain individual MPs. As for the Church, hands off. This is not a Cannon law but a STATE LAW to recognise Gay Couples in a Civil Society and not a Religious Society. Gay couples are not seeking Vatican rights but State rights as Maltese citizens with the right to vote and obligations to the state.
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Joseph Saliba
F'daqqa wahda dak li ma sarx fl-ahhar snin qed isir fi ftit jiem. Soltu storja ta panik qabel kull elezzjoni mill PN.
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Janet Chircop Bray
Mossa tajba Dr Said. Hekk ittaffi ftit mill-inkwiet li ghandkom ma JPO ghax ilu jitlob ghal din il-ligi. Dik tmexxija serja eh? Liema deputat irid xi haga ohra issa, please stand up.
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Monique Vella
Iva! Milli jidher WASLET. Issa jridu jaghmlu KOLLOX u MALAJR. Anki l-prezz tal-petrol, diesel u gass se jorhos... ISSA! Hasbuna mzazen. Ghaziz Gonzi U PN ghax ma tippruvawx gamblu jintenn minflok dawn il-pantomimi?
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Julian Chetcuti
Sur Ministru , Jekk issa ser jitressqu il-Liġi dwar il-Koabitazzjoni , ser jitressqu emendi biex tiġi emendata il-Liġi Elettorali kif ukoll il-Liġi dwar il-Finanzjament tal-Partiti , hija konferma ċara li dak li sa ftit taz-zmien ilu kien il-Ministru tal-Ġustizzja kien kuntent li qed jaħli ħinu jmur jara xi ftit emegranti jitilqu min-Malta u kien qed jiġi jitmejjel min dawk il-liġijiet li kien hemm bzonn jinbidlu jew jiġu emendati . Kien għalhekk li dan ġie sfiduċjat mil-Parlament . Tajjeb infakkrek ukoll li , qattusa għaġġelija frieh għomja tagħmel , Sur Ministru .
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Julian Chetcuti
Sur Ministru , Jekk issa ser jitressqu il-Liġi dwar il-Koabitazzjoni , ser jitressqa emendi biex tiġi emendata il-Liġi Elettorali kif ukoll il-Liġi dwar il-Finanzjament tal-Partiti , hija konferma ċara li dak li sa ftit taz-zmien ilu kien il-Ministru tal-Ġustizzja kien kuntent li qed jaħli ħinu jmur jara xi ftit emegranti jitilqu min-Malta u kien qed jiġi jitmejjel min dawk il-liġijiet li kien hemm bzonn jinbidlu jew jiġu emendati . Kien għalhekk li dan ġie sfiduċjat mil-Parlament . Tajjeb infakkrek ukoll li , qattusa għaġġelija frieh għomja tagħmel , Sur Ministru .
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Julian Chetcuti
Sur Ministru , Jekk issa ser jitressqu il-Liġi dwar il-Koabitazzjoni , ser jitressqa emendi biex tiġi emendata il-Liġi Elettorali kif ukoll il-Liġi dwar il-Finanzjament tal-Partiti , hija konferma ċara li dak li sa ftit taz-zmien ilu kien il-Ministru tal-Ġustizzja kien qed jaħli ħinu jmur jara xi ftit emegranti jitilqu min-Malta u kien qed jiġi jitmejjel min dawk il-liġijiet li kien hemm bzonn jinbidlu jew jiġu emendati . Kien għalhekk li dan ġie sfiduċjat mil-Parlament . Tajjeb infakkrek ukoll li , qattusa għaġġelija frieh għomja tagħmel , Sur Ministru .
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Julian Chetcuti
Sur Ministru , Jekk issa ser jitressqu il-Liġi dwak il-Koabitazzjoni , ser jitressqa emendi biex tiġi emendata il-Liġi Elettorali kif ukoll il-Liġi dwar il-Finanzjament tal-Partiti , hija konferma ċara li dak li sa ftit taz-zmien ilu kien il-Ministru tal-Ġustizzja kien qed jaħli ħinu jmur jara xi ftit emegranti jitilqu min-Malta u kien qed jiġi jitmejjel min dawk il-liġijiet li kien hemm bzonn jinbidlu jew jiġu emendati . Kien għalhekk li dan ġie sfiduċjat mil-Parlament . Tajjeb infakkrek ukoll li , qattusa għaġġelija frieh għomja tagħmel , Sur Ministru .
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Julian Chetcuti
Sur Ministru , Jekk issa ser jitressqu il-Liġi dwak il-Koabitazzjoni , ser jitressqa emendi biex tiġi emendata il-Liġi Elettorali kif ukoll il-Liġi dwar il-Finanzjament tal-Partiti , hija konferma ċara li dak li sa ftit taz-zmien ilu kien il-Ministru tal-Ġustizzja kien qed jaħli ħinu jmur jara xi ftit emegranti jitilqu min-Malta u kien qed jiġi jitmejjel min dawk il-liġijiet li kien hemm bzonn jinbidlu jew jiġu emendati . Kien għalhekk li dan ġie sfiduċjat mil-Parlament .
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maria aquilina
taghjd ir religlus prim ministru din id darba ha jivvota kontra bhal ma ghamel fil kas tad divorzju.
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Narcy Calamatta
Ikolli nghejd waslet l-elezzjoni, wasal iz zmien tac cejca....Issa ja poplu erga ibla il karrotta ,u wara oghqod newwah.Erba snin ilna naghmlu aggustamenti fil prezzijiet ta kollox, erba snin ilna naqalaw fuq rasna bl-iskuza tal hbieb taghna tal EU. Erba snin ilna naraw ic cekk tal paga jittiekel bicca bicca...Issa qeghedin jinfethu gonna, playing fields, toroq, djar ,kxif ta lapidi....u mitt haga ohra. Suppost li il poplu taghlema il lezzjoni...li erba snin u nofs ta ghaks u sitt xhur ta gid.....
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delia alfred
.. and now let's wait for the Church and the anti-divorce movement reaction.
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Janet Chircop Bray
Din ohra biex nikkwetaw lil JPO. Dik tmexxija ta gvern! Hemm xi deputat iehor ghandu bzonn xi haga? please stand up ...
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X'jghagglu ghax waslet l-elezzjoni wara l-vaganzi tas-sajf!!!!!!!!!!
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JOE PARNIS
What a farce! Twenty years behind the rest of Europe. How will the PM and the Cabinet vote? In favour of the Church disallowing anyone the right to live the way they want.
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