Cyprus Passes Civil Partnerships For Same Sex Couples

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Cyprus has passed a landmark law that would create civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

The country’s parliament voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, with a large majority voting in favour of the law – which proponents say offers much of the same benefits of marriage – with 39 MPs voting in favour and 12 against, with three abstentions.

The passing of the law was called a “first step towards combating discrimination” by the head of Accept GLBT Cyprus Costas Gavrielides.

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The group, which has been lobbying for the bill for the last five years, said they were very satisfied with the move by parliament.

“It was a long road, it took five years in the make, but this changes the lives of many people,” Gavrielides told the Cyprus Mail.

 

 

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