Malta law­mak­ers le­gal­ize same-sex mar­riage

The Barrie Examiner - - WORLD NEWS -

Law­mak­ers in the pre­dom­i­nantly Catholic is­land na­tion of Malta have voted to le­gal­ize same-sex mar­riages. Malta joined much of Western Europe on Wed­nes­day when its par­lia­ment ap­proved leg­is­la­tion elim­i­nat­ing the tra­di­tional “you are now hus­band and wife” dec­la­ra­tion in civil cer­e­monies and re­plac­ing it with “you are now spouses.” The vote was 66-1, with the sole law­maker who voted against the change cit­ing his Chris­tian faith. The Catholic Church had op­posed the leg­is­la­tion, which the La­bor gov­ern­ment promised to in­tro­duce as its first law af­ter win­ning a sec­ond term last month and which the main op­po­si­tion party sup­ported. The aim of the law, pi­loted by Equal­ity Min­is­ter He­lena Dalli, is to “mod­ern­ize the in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage” to give all con­sent­ing adult cou­ples the right to marry.

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