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PN yet to discuss amendments to the civil unions bill.
23 October 2013, 12:00am
The Opposition will not table amendments to the draft civil unions bill which will "alter" or change any of the rights granted by the bill, however it will make amendments to make a clear distinction between the marriage act and the civil unions legislation.
PN deputy leader Mario de Marco told MaltaToday that although the party has not yet discussed the amendments, he does not envisage "substantial" changes to the draft law.
On Monday, Civil Liberties minister Helena Dalli cautiously welcomed the Opposition's decision to back the government's proposed legislation on civil unions.
Also on Monday, the PN said it "was prepared to vote in favour" of the bill, however it would move amendments.
In a cryptic statement, the opposition said it would be moving amendments so that the Marriage Act would not apply to civil unions, because the two were different.
The brief statement followed a parliamentary group meeting, and the party explained said that in line with its electoral programme, it was in favour of civil unions for same sex couples.
Without explaining what the amendments are, the PN pointed out that it would seek consensus on its proposals.
Speaking to MaltaToday, the minister said that she "expected" the PN to back the bill since it concerned strengthening the rights of a minority.
The bill is expected to be approved and enforced by the end of the year, Dalli told MaltaToday.
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