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DISY favours civil partnership bill

By Constantinos Psillides

THE ruling DISY party has comes out in favour of civil partnership, saying in a statement that it was working on a law amendment that will legalise it.

The DISY statement said that the party is aware that the government is currently working on a similar bill.

“Of course we will be working with the government on this and if the need arises our parliamentary group will come forth with our proposal. If not, we will be backing the government bill,” the statement said.

DISY stressed that the bill will in no way undermine “traditional marriage” since it extends to all people and not just people with a different sexual orientation. “It should be considered as an alternative form of marriage”, read the statement, which clarified that adoption laws will not be affected.

“The strength of our party is to monitor changes in society and to adapt to them. In the modern world, besides the traditional family which we support as the backbone of our society, many of our fellow citizens made a different choice. As a party that supports the right of an individual to make choices, we not only recognise but strongly back the individual right of people to choose their own sexuality,” read the statement.

The legal framework regarding civil partnerships was first approved by the previous cabinet on February 14 last year, just three days before the first round of the presidential elections.
Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos recalled the bill, claiming that the previous administration did not follow proper procedure.

He explained that when he took office he was informed that the previous cabinet’s comments were not included in the draft and that his office has now sent it back with a December 6 deadline.

The draft will then be formed into proposed legislation and sent to the law office of the Republic and finally to the House of Representatives for review, debate and a vote.
Last December, the minister promised that the bill would be ready by April of this year.

Hasikos had promised that the government was not backing down on the civil partnership bill. President Nicos Anastasiades met with ACCEPT-LBGTI members during his campaign and promised that the bill would make it to the House floor.

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