Malta’s PM promises gay marriage

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Malta’s newly re-elected Prime Minister has pledged that his first priority will be to introduce gay marriage.

Joseph Muscat’s Labour Party – Partit Laburista in Maltese – won 55 per cent of the popular vote in the island nation’s general election over the weekend.  This gave the party an absolute majority in the 65-seat Parliament. Following his success at the polls, the 43 year-old former journalist was sworn back into power on Monday.

Muscat promised that his first priority would be to amend Maltese marriage laws in order to give equal rights to same sex couples. The PM has been a vocal supporter of LGBT people for years and has instrumental in increasing their rights in the traditionally conservative nation.

Since he first took office in 2013, the country has made civil unions available to same sex couples and introduced a series of protections for transgender and intersex people. It also became the first nation in Europe to outlaw gay ‘cure’ therapy. Under Muscat’s premiership it has become one of the most progressive countries in Europe for its treatment of the LGBT community according to gay rights groups.

Malta has a population of just 400,000 and is the smallest state in the EU. Back in 2013, a European statistical organisation found that the Mediterranean archipelago had the lowest divorce rate on the continent, with less than one divorce for every 1,000 people.

Photo of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat courtesy of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Andrew - June 8, 2017 at 1:34pm

Certainly up until a few years ago you could only marry religiously in Malta. By the priest if you were Catholics which must of the are at least nominally. Has that changed?

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