Majority Catholic Nation of Malta Latest in Europe to Grant Gay and Lesbian Marriages

The island nation of Malta is the latest in Europe to legalize gay and lesbian marriage after parliament amended the country’s marriage act. The governing body replaced the words husband and wife to spouse, and also replaced mother and father to “parent who gave birth” and “parent who did not give birth.”

This is particularly surprising, as the country only legalized divorce in 2011.


Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said: “It’s a historic vote. This shows that our democracy and society have reached a level of maturity and we can now say that we are all equal.”

Only one PM voted against the measure. [BBC]

Malta is following a similar trajectory as Ireland in terms of the brevity in change and the generally liberal views of many Catholic nations—now let’s hope Italy decides to join the rest of Europe soon.
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