25 Jan 2010

Discussion on civil union bill delayed in Guam legislature

3:26 pm on 25 January 2010

Discussion over Guam's controversial Bill 185 on civil unions has been delayed in the legislature until next month.

The bill would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships with each other, providing those within that partnership many of the rights and benefits given to married couples.

Last week's session of Guam's legislature concluded before lawmakers were able to address Bill 185.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Benjamin Cruz, told the Pacific Daily News that it will form part of the legislative talks next month.

Last week the Church submitted a petition signed by almost 8,000 people who oppose Bill 185, fearing it will promote homosexuality.