by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Cyprus is going to look at legalizing same-sex marriage, Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Lazaros Savvides told the Cyprus Mail on Feb. 28.
He said a large group of government officials will meet in March to tackle the topic.
A gay resident of the island sparked the moves by complaining that his not being allowed to marry his partner amounted to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden; in Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province; and in Washington, D.C., and the states of Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. It will become legal later this year in Portugal.