Civil unions to become a reality in Cyprus

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


Cyprus government makes significant step towards equality for all families

Today the Cypriot government approved a long-awaited bill introducing civil partnerships for all couples. The bill is now with the Cypriot parliament for final approval. Today, the National LGBT* Organization LGL takes the opportunity to congratulate the Cyprus Government for the introduction of civil partnerships. Together with ILGA-Europe, LGL wishes best of luck for a


First Cyprus Pride march to highlight the lack of LGBT rights

Cyprus is set to hold its first ever pride event on Saturday 31 May, sixteen years after a law banning homosexuality was repealed. Authorities in the island’s Turkish Cypriot north, a self-declared state recognised only by Ankara, repealed a similar law in February. Same-sex couples in Cyprus do not receive the same rights as heterosexual


MEPs condemn homophobic statements by the Archbishop of Cyprus

At the Council of the Heads of the Christian Orthodox Church held in Istanbul last week, Cyprus’ Archbishop Chrysostomos urged all Orthodox Churches to “condemn homosexuality.” The Archbishop stated that governments demonstrated “weakening moral integrity” by ensuring equal rights, for example through civil partnerships or equal marriage. Cyprus’ government plans to submit a civil partnership

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Northern part of Cyprus decriminalises homosexuality

On the 27th of January 2014, the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality Bill passed the Parliament of the northern part of Cyprus. The northern part of Cyprus was the last territory in Europe where homosexuality was still a crime. With the adoption of the bill, Articles 171 and 173 of the Criminal Code, foreseeing in five years’ imprisonment