Government pledges to 'take seriously' report on gay partnerships

Published: April 11, 2010

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.

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