Malta Will Introduce ‘Civil Partnerships’ For Gay Couples | The Maltese government is preparing to introduce legislation to recognize same-sex couples, according to Malta Today. Justice Minister Chris Said told Malta Today that government recognition of “civil partnerships” would begin under a cohabitation bill still being discussed. Said promised that the bill would be presented to Parliament, although he did not offer a timeline. Same-sex marriage is currently not recognized in heavily-Catholic Malta, although gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military, according to Edge Boston. A 2006 poll found that only 18 percent of Maltese citizens backed marriage equality, but a survey the next year found that 54 percent of Maltese under age 34 supported it.