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23 September 2014

First civil union registered on Friday

 - Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 09:15

Kristina Galea Cavallazzi and Clara Borg became the first gay couple to register their union last Friday.

In a poignant ceremony held in Gozo, Kristina and Clara vowed mutual respect and pledged to take care of each other as a married couple in the presence of family and friends.

The civil union rites were exchanged in Mgarr ix-Xini followed by a reception at Ta’ Cenc Hotel.

On her Facebook page, Kristina shared her joy of her union with Clara, daughter of former European Commissioner Joe Borg.

When President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca signed the bill into law in mid-April, The Malta Independent had reported that the first civil unions were expected in mid-June. Once all the relevant legal notices were published, gay couples started to apply for their civil unions and banns were later published, just like what happens in a marriage between heterosexual couples. Banns have to be published at least six weeks prior to the ceremony.

Once a couple formally applies for civil union, a procedure starts with the banns being published. In the case of Maltese citizens, only ID Cards of both partners are required. As regards foreigners, a birth certificate and a free status certificate is required. These both have to be legalized. The couple has to wait for a period of six weeks from the publication of banns.

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Mark Borg says:
22 June 2014 10:04

Why did they get a civil union? Why do people get married? Why the trouble?

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Eddy Priviteera says:
17 June 2014 11:33

Congratulations to Kristina and Clara !

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Saviour Cachia says:
17 June 2014 11:13

Good luck to the couple. Gradually, Malta is turning into a modern Europe and certainly the approval of the Civil Union Bill was  a step forward in the right direction, No doubt, there are other steps in line in the years to come, and the conservative  and ecclesiastical  Malta will be defunct.  Let the Roman Catholic Church enjoy the right to preach what it deems fit, but nothing will stop the wind of change in a modern, liberal,equal gender and progressive society.  I wish well for the young generation. They should never forget what we the old generation had to be through throughout the last 50 years of the history of Malta. Good luck to all those, males or females, who will be opting  for the Civil Union Bill.  I condone and support such measures, but I am all out against steps to make legal what has been illegal for years in the cases of buildings  near the beaches, with Armier being a classical and horrendous example. It is just an exercise of vote catching.

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Jose Ellul says:
17 June 2014 10:49

Congratulations Kristina and Clara!

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Anthony Mifsud says:
17 June 2014 09:47

Strange but! Feeling....like I wanna give the couple good wishes
Good luck......hope it works.....

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Ramon Casha says:
17 June 2014 09:39

Congratulations both.

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