Malta : Civil Unions Bill passes through Parliament

The Civil Unions Bill has been approved by Parliament in its third and final reading, with all government MPs present voting in favour of the bill while all opposition MPs abstained.

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The bill grants same-sex couples with the opportunity to enter legally-recognised civil unions, an arrangement which is effectively equivalent to marriage in all but name. But while there was a political consensus on introducing civil unions, this was lacking on another, more controversial, provision of the law: allowing same-sex couples to jointly apply to adopt children.

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