Malta legalises gay marriage in 66 to 1 vote
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« on: July 13, 2017, 01:34:50 pm »

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/malta-gay-marriage-same-sex-vote-passes-approval-a7838121.html

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MPs on the predominantly Catholic island of Malta have voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

In a vote passed by 66-1, Malta’s parliament approved legislation replacing the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies with "you are now spouses”.

The sole MP who voted against the change said he did so because of his faith. 

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It follows the passage of a bill in 2014 that granted gay couples in Malta the right to civil partnerships.

Adoption by same-sex couples has also been legal since that date, although abortion remains banned.

Last year, the number of exclusively civil marriages eclipsed the number of church weddings for the first time.

The move is further evidence of Malta's transformation from a once-conservative nation of about 440,000 people, where divorce was illegal until 2011.

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 11:23:48 am »

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