Government pledges to ‘take seriously’ report on gay partnerships
THE GOVERNMENT will take “seriously” the Ombudswoman’s latest report recommending legal reforms to allow same-sex partnerships, said Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Lazaros Savvides yesterday.
“No decision has been taken. It is something we have to study a bit further. We have not closed the issue, it remains open,” he said.
Ombudswoman Iliana Nicolaou said in a report last week that the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships in Cyprus was imperative in today’s society. She argued the legal vacuum on same-sex partnerships constituted direct discrimination against EU citizens based on sexual orientation, while impacting on a range of issues including insurance, pension, tax and property.