The Maltese government presented a Civil Unions Bill on October 14, two years after the legalisation of divorce on the island.
According to the Times of Malta, the bill —
…allows gay and opposite-sex partners to contract a civil union and guarantees equal rights and obligations to those enjoyed by married couples in all spheres of life.
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Inspired by the Danish law on civil unions, which dates from 1989, the Maltese bill stipulates that —
… civil unions, like civil marriage, will be contracted in front of an official of the public registry or a mayor. The Bill also makes provisions for the recognition of gay marriages contracted abroad.
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