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by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Cyprus’ governmental ombudsman has urged the government to legally recognize same-sex partnerships, and Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Lazaros Savvides said April 10 that the government will “seriously” consider doing so.
“It is something we have to study a bit further,” Savvides told the Cyprus Mail. “It remains open. … The ministry always takes these reports seriously.”
In her report, Ombudsman Iliana Nicolaou said recognizing gay and lesbian relationships is imperative for purposes of pensions, insurance, taxes, immigration and property. She also said that not recognizing same-sex partnerships runs afoul of European Union anti-discrimination norms.