Cyprus Set To Say 'I Do' to Civil Partnerships
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A year after holding its first gay pride, Cyprus looks set to say I do to civil partnerships.
The bill will still need to pass through Parliament in order to become law, but the approval of the cabinet has added valuable momentum. This was the second time that the Government had tried to bring the issue to Parliament. Previously, an attempt to legislate civil partnerships was scrapped amid fears that the Government was being loose with legal procedure.
Here in the UK, we've enjoyed civil partnerships now for over a decade, and we've seen first hand how important they are not only to the individual couples who have them, but also in the momentum they create for a greater, deeper acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex relationships.
At the end of the day, gay people aren't trying to smash institutions, break down age-old belief systems or alter the fabric of society (although, sometimes wouldn't that be nice?) , they're trying to love one another and have that love recognised by the law as any heterosexual couple might hope to.
So, here's to a speedy, emphatic and resolute YES to civil partnerships when it gets to Parliament. Nice one, Cyprus!