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Civil unions to be equal to marriage in all but name

Equality minister says civil unions bill enters second reading in parliament

Jerome Caruana Cilia
14 October 2013, 12:00am
L-R: MGRM coordinator Gabi Calleja, LGBT consultative council president Cyrus Engerer, Equality minister Helena Dalli, and aditus chairman Neil Falzon


A bill regulating civil unions for gay couples will enter its second reading in the House of Representatives tonight, equality minister Helena Dalli said.

Flanked by human rights lawyer Neil Falzon, Dalli said the three-page draft law was based on a Danish equivalent.

"We will make sure that children start understanding the equality of rights and obligations of marriage. This law will necessitate a culture change in government and society," Dalli said.

On his part, Falzon underlined the importance of a parity of not just rights, but also obligations for gay unions.

Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja said the civil unions bill was an important step towards the recognition of gay marriage, although she acknowledged the law as it is put civil unions at par with heterosexual marriage.
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Glor Findel
@Pulu -- if one were a wicked person one could assume that someone who doesn't know how to spell properly would know very little about what is 'civil' in society. When we analyze what is actually written we find out that the first suspicion is unfortunately correct. ... This enactment of this law is no surprise: it was in PL election manifesto and proclaimed publicly numerous times, and it was not hidden away in some obscure part either. It was also part of PN manifesto as well for that matter (as it had been for 15 years by the way). Such laws have been in force for many years in several countries now, and if anything society was strengthened by them. Maybe basing your statements on fact instead of your personal narrow-mindedness would be an enrichment and contribution to civil society.
Joseph Buhagiar
There is no need of wasting time in parlament about this nonsense law. If they want to have live of the same sex living together have it as it has been for these many last years. But do not interfere with the creation of marraige which GOD created for us to do generations. Man and women are the creation of mankind.
Joseph Buhagiar
There is no need of wasting time in parlament about this nonsense law. If they want to have live of the same sex living together have it as it has been for these many last years. But do not interfere with the creation of marraige which GOD created for us to do generations.
Joseph Buhagiar
There is no need of wasting time in parlament about this nonsense law. If they want to have live of the same sex living together have it as it has been for these many last years. But do not interfere with the creation of marraige which GOD created for us to do generations.
Kalanc Qasamula
Kif ghadu ma qal xejn fuq din Simon.
Kalanc Qasamula
Kif ghadu ma qal xejn fuq din Simon.
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The French catholic church organised nation wide protests against queer marages, and here in Malta, where are the Maltese bishops ?
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You will all be remembered in history as the poineers in the distruction of civil society !
Rita Pizzuto
Nothing is mentioned about the name although it is in the heading. What about it?