COUPLES entering into a civil partnership will not have the right to adopt, according to a relevant bill that is headed to the House plenum over the next fortnight.
As it stands, the bill disqualifies such couples, as a unit, from filing for adoption. This is despite the fact that civil partnerships otherwise carry the full legal force of a ‘traditional’ marriages.
The prohibition – which some might argue is discriminatory – would apply to heterosexual as well as same-sex couples who have struck a civil partnership.
However, according to AKEL MP Yiannos Lamaris, one or the other individual in a partnership would – at least in theory – be able to file for adoption.
That’s because adoption laws allow individuals who are single to adopt children.
On the other hand, MPs are reluctant to amend current adoption laws, which do not cover civil partnerships.
Asked how this regulation would pan out in real life, Lamaris conceded he did not know.
“I am no lawyer, and I don’t believe that legal science has a definitive answer to this either. Everything is decided in the courts, it is not something you can call right now,” he told reporters.
But he did say that his party is against this exception, considering it to be unfair to civil partnerships.
Regarding the ritual for civil partnerships, Lamaris said the two individuals will appear before a civil registrar and sign a cohabitation agreement in the presence of witnesses.