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Malta has poor record on gay rights

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  1. what a bizarre report – why single Malta out?

  2. Juris Lavrikovs 25 May 2010, 10:59am

    Indeed strange that Malta is singled out. But may be because there was an article on The Times of Malta earlier today, almost identical article. The Rainbow Europe Country Index is actually produced not by ILGA, but by ILGA-Europe and covers the entire Europe, not just EU, if you want to see it all please visit our website:
    http://www.ilga-europe.org/europe/news/for_media/media_releases/today_is_the_international_day_against_homophobia_transphobia_idaho

  3. @shaunagus,

    It’s not singling out Malta, but highlighting where problems exist.

    It’s a clear indication that the vatican is responsible for much of the intolerance in the world and continues to benefit from a tactic of divisiveness.

    Let’s hope that younger Maltese generation are able to push ahead for a more inclusive and more harmonious society as that would benefit everyone.

  4. Juris Lavrikovs 25 May 2010, 11:13am

    @D Lambert – I think it is important to highlight the problem wherever they exist, but Malta is definitely not the worst case according to our Index. Its a pity that an article appearing in Malta (http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100525/local/malta-ranked-low-in-gay-rights) was nearly copied and pasted and the entire picture of the whole of Europe was left our ….

  5. Rachel Titley 25 May 2010, 1:15pm

    Also interested to see the categories it’s in – Europe, Law, Religion and Politics I can understand, but UK news? I need to check a map, but I’m fairly sure it’s not in the UK…

  6. @Julris Lavrikovs

    So we all agree “it is important to highlight the problem wherever they exist”.

    The LGBT groups and citizens of Malta would definitely approve a story highlighting their situation.

  7. “The only EU territory where homosexuality is against the law is the Turkish-controlled part of Cyprus.”

    Turkish controlled Cyprus is NOT part of the EU.

    You need to correct your story

  8. Juris Lavrikovs 25 May 2010, 3:24pm

    @ D Lambert – sure, its important and indeed its great that the Maltese mainstream media writes about Malta. But why just Malta on the UK LGBT news portal and not all European countries? Or even highlight the UK and compare with the rest of Europe?

  9. Har Davids 25 May 2010, 4:28pm

    Try getting an abortion or a divorce on that island!

  10. The non-EU part of Cyprus decriminalised gay sex last year.

  11. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 26 May 2010, 11:27am

    Malta is an OK country in terms of gay rights because Malta has an equal age of consent since 1970s. Yes they have no relationship recognition or marriage – but they do have anti-discrimination laws (which is better than nothing) Both Gibralter and Greece on the other hand in 2010 should have scored the lowest because they have unequal age of consent laws just for gay men. Even an adult man and a woman in Gibralter can not have anal sex – but two men can under the CRIMINAL OFFENCES ACT – how bizzare is that?????. See (Unnatural Offences, Article 115; ‘buggery’) on this website.

    http://www.gibraltarlaws.gov.gi/articles/1960-17o.pdf

  12. Juris Lavrikovs 26 May 2010, 11:27am

    @Har Davids – could you please share the source of that information? Thank you!

  13. Bah, who cares about Malta ? The island is so small and arid that it doesn’t even have forests or bodies of fresh water. If a gay doesn’t want to live in Malta he can just leave and never go back.

  14. Mihangel apYrs 27 May 2010, 10:01pm

    another roman-catholic, priest-ridden country

    sigh

  15. Jess Conrad 5 Jun 2010, 5:06pm

    Ah MALTA! Yes I remember it well….I had many a Maltees Cop in Bus Shelters on occasions and it’s true, Sailors have Navy-Blue eyes!!

  16. @ Juris Lavrikovs- Regarding Har Davids comment, I see that You have not received a response. This is direct from the Wikipedia article on Malta, found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta: “Maltese legislation recognizes both civil and canonical (ecclesiastical) marriages. Annulments by the ecclesiastical and civil courts are unrelated and are not necessarily granted. There is no divorce legislation and abortion in Malta is illegal. A person must be 16 to marry.”

  17. @ felipe…. ur such an ignorant person! who cares about malta? who are u to say that! its just another country, although small but still HUMAN BEINGS live on it. im maltese and although we have draw backs in all its a relaxing country overall, try going out at 3am in your country without a knife stabbed into your back! at least in malta its a safe country and the accaptence of gay ppl improved over the years and the younger generations are already being thought about homosexuality, so f*** that and put it in ur ass honey :)

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