Independent MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando said he held a "very positive" meeting today with Justice Minister Chris Said on the cohabitation Bill and expressed his satisfaction at the urgency shown by the government on the IVF and Cohabitation Bills.
MP Pullicino Orlando explained in a statement issued to the press that the Prime Minister asked them to meet up and said that they had already discussed a number of points over the phone on the 9th August, before the Nationalist Party Parliamentary Group met up to discuss the subject on the same day.
"Issues I had raised with Minister Said with regards to the rights of gay couples were put forward and approved during that meeting. A number of other points related to the rights of cohabiting couples in general and gay couples in particular were discussed during today's meeting. I found Minister Said to be very receptive to the issues I raised. This should help to make the bill more relevant to the realities of Maltese society in today's world. I had already held discussions about this subject with Minister Said before the summer recess," the MP said.
He added that Minister Said assured him that the bill will be placed on the parliamentary agenda, together with the 'Embryo Protection Bill', as soon as Parliament re-convenes in October.
MP Pullicino Orlando stated that he obviously reserves the right to present amendments to both bills, when government presents them in their final version, at the opportune moment if he feels that it may be necessary.