Civil Partnerships Bill passed

A.G. Frangos & Co Corporate Communications
November 30, 2015

On Thursday the 26th of November 2015 the House passed the much-anticipated bill of civil cohabitation regulating the rights and obligations of couples that wish to enter into an alternative form of union other than that of marriage.

Despite carrying the full force of traditional unions between two persons, adoptions are forbidden for couples entering into a civil cohabitation agreement. The prohibition - which some argued is discriminatory - applies to heterosexual as well as same-sex couples.

In theory, however, one or the other individual in a partnership would be able to file for adoption. That's because adoption laws allow individuals who are single to adopt children.

On the other hand, MPs had been reluctant to amend current adoption laws, which do not cover civil partnerships.The bill passed with 39 votes for, 12 against, while three MPs abstained.

"This bill is not about homosexuality, rather we are voting for freedom and equality... it is about allowing an alternative union," said DIKO MP Nicholas Papadopoulos, who was in favour.

As originally seen in http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/11/26/house-passes-htnerships-bill/ by Elias Hazou and Annette Chrysostomou

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A.G. Frangos & Co Corporate Communications
November 30, 2015