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VALLETTA Jonas Jerebko Jersey , March 31 (Xinhua) -- Some six months after it was first introduced into parliament, Malta's civil unions bill is stalled, awaiting a new president who, local media suggest, will sign it into law.

The bill, which Social Dialogue Minister Helena Dalli said would put same sex partnerships on a legal par with marriage John Havlicek Jersey , has been shelved by President George Abela since its approval on Feb. 25.

The outgoing president, who will finish his five-year term on April 4, has publicly appealed to his people "to safeguard the family unit."

Nonetheless, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, whose Labor government introduced the controversial legislation last October, said the law would go ahead "as programmed."

"From our side Jayson Tatum Jersey , the law is on track and will be enacted in the coming weeks," the premier told local media Thursday.

That seems likely, as Abela's successor, former social policy minister Colerio Preca, has promised to sign the bill after taking office.

While taking the socially 'liberal' side on the issue of 'gay marriage' and adoption, the 55-year-old president-elect opposed the legalization of divorce in the 2011 referendum.

Malta Jaylen Brown Jersey , a staunchly Catholic country, has only recently achieved full separation of church and state.

A Eurostat poll conducted in 2006 showed about 80 percent of Maltese opposed same-sex marriage, with the same number opposing the right for gay partners to adopt children, according to a Church survey cited in media reports.

For this reason, some observers say the president was justified in refusing to sign the bill, although he is constitutionally obliged to approve the parliament's legislation Jae Crowder Jersey , as his post is largely ceremonial.

In addition, the gay adoption provision was not part of the ruling Labor Party's campaign platform during last year's elections, but was added later as a clause in the draft bill, making the mandate for the law even more debatable.

But in line with the ripple effect from EU framework directives handed down from

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