The Mercury

Catholic Malta votes for divorce

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STAUNCHLY Catholic Malta has approved the introducti­on of divorce, backing the move by a small majority in a referendum.

“The referendum outcome is not the one I wished for, but the will of the majority will be respected and parliament will enact legislatio­n for the introducti­on of divorce,” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said earlier this week.

The vote was seen as a test of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church in the only country in Europe not to allow divorce, where nearly all marriages are held at the altar.

Early results from Saturday’s referendum showed a majority backing divorce of between 52 percent and 54 percent. – Reuters

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