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Malta: Gay and trans council appointed to advise on introduction of same-sex civil partnerships

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  1. That There Other David 22 Apr 2013, 11:37pm

    It’s a stepping stone. Shame that the Maltese government doesn’t feel brave enough to just equalise the law like most other countries debating this are now doing.

    Malta is very much under the influence of The Vatican though, so if this succeeds it will certainly get the Cardinals in Rome worrying about what might happen in Italy.

    1. Malta is an extremely small community, most people are deeply catholic, I have been there and seen people praying on the bus, not say the old Maltese buses were decorated with Christian scenes and sentence, this is just to give you an idea. I have been to Malta twice and love the country and I do think the Partit Laburista is being very brave for taking this giant step forward, I do praise them for this, I hope they succeed.

  2. Xavier Bongibault 22 Apr 2013, 11:48pm

    That is exactly what must be legalized in France: civil union with all rights of marriage, except adoption. Because every children must have mother and father.

    1. Yeah, because mothers and fathers generally do such a great job. You know, my mother was an alcoholic who drank herself to an early grave after my father forced my sister and I to choose between the two of them. After her suicide, I was left with a father who cared more about chasing sex with women and a replacement to cook and clean, than to raise me properly or to even care when I was being bullied.

      Right now, as an adult, I would’ve given anything to be brought up by a caring lesbian couple or a caring gay couple rather than a selfish prick who still cares more about himself than his now grown up children.

      I think if you ask any adult that has come from a broken home, they would say the same as me. Regardless of sexuality, we would’ve just wanted two loving individuals to take care of us and bring us up. But that wouldn’t gel with your obvious narrow minded bigotry.

    2. lukefromcanada 23 Apr 2013, 4:46am

      I grew up with just my mother and I did just fine in fact probably better without my father, who is not a shining example of responsibility

    3. 23 Apr 2013, 9:45am

      So do you believe that children should be removed from single parents? If not then youre just a hypocrite. If you do then you’re simply a monster.

    4. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Apr 2013, 10:29am

      Idiot. What next, force unwed mothers, widows and widowers left with young to children to get married to satisfy a religious belief? You catholic loons should be ashamed of yourselves. This is not so much about concern children but more about your blatant homophobia. It’s heteros who are ruining their own marriages because of adultery and having children out of wedlock and that’s been going on for centuries. Equal civil marriage has no effect on anyone else’s marriage, raising children and the ability of heteros to continue marrying and having children, jackass. There are many abandoned children discarded by hetero parents who can’t find homes. Why don’t you adopt a few if you feel so strongly about them and I bet you’re not even married, but a deeply closeted self-loather.

    5. You were doing so well until your stupid adoption comment!

  3. This is a good move forward which will make life easier for LGBT people in Malta. Marriage equality is the right solution, but in the meantime this is better than nothing.

    I hope Malta learns from the UK’s experience and makes proper arrangements for trans people to convert marriages into CPs and vice versa, so that loving couples are not robbed of hard-earned pensions for no reason.

    And I hope Malta learns from Ireland’s experience that parental rights are not an optional extra. CPs without parental rights, as Ireland has currently, are not worthy of the name. Same-sex couples have children, and the rights of those children to stability and financial security must be secured if same-sex couples are to have any peace of mind from this legislation.

  4. Positive steps from Malta, and not before time too!

  5. This is good news. There can often be an ‘island mentality’, an insular attitude which may manifest itself as bigotry. For Malta, a decidedly catholic country, to be even considering such a move is indeed remarkable – and should be commended.

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