CYPRUS: Parliament Approves Civil Unions

Via ILGA-Europe:

The Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex couples in Cyprus will be legally recognised for the first time. The legislation, which has generated lots of debate nationally, will offer couples the same rights as civil marriage. However, joint adoption rights are not included as part of the civil union law. 39 members of parliament voted in favour of the bill, 12 against and three members abstained.

ILGA-Europe are very pleased that the bill has finally been approved. We congratulate all the civil society groups, political leaders and allies involved in this lengthy campaign for their persistence and dedication to equality. “Same-sex couples and their families are just as deserving of protection as their heterosexual friends and neighbours. This is not about giving one group ‘special rights’ but about recognising the wonderful diversity of families that live in Europe.” said ILGA-Europe Executive Director, Evelyne Paradis.

(Tipped by JMG reader Luis)

RELATED: The European Union currently has 28 members. Same-sex marriage is legal in twelve of them: Belgium, Denmark, Finland (effective 2017), France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia (effective date pending), Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland.) Civil unions are legal in eight EU nations: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus (effective date pending), the Czech Republic, Estonia (effective 2016), Germany, Hungary, and Malta. No partnership recognitions exist in eight EU nations: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Non-EU members Norway and Iceland legalized same-sex marriage in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Non-EU member Switzerland legalized registered partnerships in 2007.

  • BearEyes

    A small step forward toward equality. I can give thanks for that.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Happy Thanksgiving, Luis! And thank you for keeping us all informed!
    And, of course, happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Joe! You, sir, rule!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Though it may be small, it is still a step in correct direction.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Greek Cyprus, that is. Turkish Cyprus (northern Cyprus), well, is still that…Turkey. No gay rights there.

    • Edmund Allin

      I live in Turkey. Unless you’re in some rural hell-hole it ain’t so bad (even under Erdogan), and my Turkish friends are fond of teasing me that they decriminalised homosexuality 110 years or so before the Brits did.

      But as for marriage or even civil unions – under Erdogan? Impossible.

      • ChrisMorley

        Thatcher’s time in 80s Britain was decidedly unpleasant for LGBTQ people – they slapped our faces with a nasty piece of legislation, Section 28. We had to endure that legal humiliation until it was finally repealed in 2003.

        • Edmund Allin

          Oh, I remember Section 28 very well indeed. But to say there were “no gay rights” in the 1980s would be to deny the great fun I had back then! 🙂

        • No1Son

          There were no LGBTQ people in the 80s. There were LGB people. The same is true today.

      • karen in kalifornia

        Good to hear Edmund.

  • Edmund Allin

    Indeed, a positive step. The picture, however, is from a Turkish Cypriot march, unless the Greek side has changed their alphabet and language. :p

    • Paul D.

      For those who don’t know, Turkish-speaking Northern Cyprus is, de facto, a separate country from Cyprus, which is Greek-speaking. Thus, the photo accompanying this article is somewhat unrelated.

  • JT

    Now Greece needs to step up.

    • Shy Guy

      And Italy to follow through on its promises.

  • TheSeer

    The first eastern orthodox country to recognize gay unions. This is very significant.

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  • EdmondWherever

    But now they’re going to Hell! Plus maybe a boycott, or something.

    Seriously, congrats. Turns out it’s actually good “gateway” legislation toward full marriage.

  • Baby Dave

    I love Cyprus

  • TheManicMechanic

    That’s worth an “Opa!!!”

  • William

    Baby steps, moving forward.

  • JCF

    Inch-by-inch (two-by-two! <3 )

  • billbear1961

    Thank you, Luis, for keeping us informed!!