29th November 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop claims gay couples do ‘not have a role in society’ 46
2:01 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has spoken out to express his displeasure at the lack of a clear difference between marriage and civil partnerships in the debate around civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Malta, saying that gay people do "not produce offspring" so do "not have a role in society".
24th November 2013
18-year-old Nigerian man granted asylum in Malta following anti-gay persecution 4
1:46 PM — An 18-year-old Nigerian man has been granted asylum in Malta following anti-gay persecution in his country, protecting him from imprisonment and possible death by stoning or flogging.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
14th October 2013
Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament 5
11:33 AM — A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week.
6th September 2013
Malta: Law restricting IVF to opposite-sex couples slammed as ‘unashamedly homophobic’ 4
4:00 PM — Gay rights activists in Malta have criticised a new IVF law as "unashamedly homophobic" because it denies access to medical services to all but opposite-sex couples.
20th June 2013
Malta: Bill introduced to increase protections against sexual orientation discrimination 4
6:28 PM — A private member's bill has been introduced in Malta in order to amend the country's Constitution to increase protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
19th June 2013
Maltese Prime Minister: A civil unions bill is to be introduced by the end of this year 4
3:45 PM — The Maltese Prime Minister has said that civil unions for same-sex couples will be introduced by the end of this year.
22nd April 2013
Malta: Gay and trans council appointed to advise on introduction of same-sex civil partnerships 11
8:55 PM — A consultative council has been appointed by the ruling Labour government to give recommendations and prepare upcoming legislation relating to LGBT people.
18th February 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop slams homophobic letter that denounces the idea of same-sex love 12
3:50 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop, Charles Scicluna, has stepped in to condemn a provocative letter written by zealous Catholic churchgoer Joe Zammit who claims there can only be lust and not love between gay people
12th January 2013
Malta: Labour government would grant civil partnerships and trans identity law if elected 9
9:45 PM — The leader of the Labour party in the Maltese House of Representatives has said his party would allow gay couples to have civil unions, a gender identity law for trans people, and that he would appoint a minister for civil rights and equality.
28th November 2012
Malta: Politician with controversial equalities record appointed EU health commissioner 5
3:55 PM — European ministers have approved Tonio Borg for the job of the EU’s top health official despite opposition by some Liberal and Green MEPs over the Maltese politician’s conservative views.
13th November 2012
Malta: Anti-gay politician selected for EU health job 18
2:31 PM — LGBT-supporting members of the European Parliament are challenging Malta's nominee for the EU's top health job because of his previous opposition to gay and women’s rights.
21st June 2012
Malta: Gender identity and sexual orientation included in hate crime laws 10
12:53 PM — The Maltese parliament has extended its hate crime laws for the first time to protect citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
12th April 2012
Malta: Court hears details of assault on teenage lesbian couple 2
11:21 AM — Further details of an attack against a lesbian couple in the Maltese town of Hamrun emerged at a court hearing yesterday, with a defendant reportedly head-butting one of the girls.
28th March 2012
Maltese government set to propose civil partnerships 9
10:58 AM — The Maltese government is set to propose civil partnerships for gay couples. The country's justice minister is to pilot a cohabitation law, which will propose the regulation of same-sex relationships.
8th March 2012
Malta may give cohabiting gays legal recognition 2
1:35 PM — A bill due to arrive at Malta's parliament which was designed to give cohabiting couples legal rights will include provisions for gay civil partnerships, an official has said.
13th February 2012
Malta: Lesbian assault victims ‘to be charged with breaching peace’ 16
3:19 PM — The lesbian victims of an assault which led the prime minister to promise new hate crime laws now face charges themselves, reports say.
7th February 2012
Malta considers hate crimes after bus attack on lesbians 10
11:35 AM — An off-duty Maltese bus driver has been charged after physically attacking two lesbian fellow passengers, reportedly for kissing. Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has reportedly now issued instructions to strengthen Malta's laws.
24th January 2012
Malta: Lesbian attack prompts call for hate crime law 7
3:17 PM — An attack in Malta which left a 16-year-old lesbian with a fractured nose has prompted calls for the government to introduce hate crime legislation to protect gays.
25th August 2011
Maltese LGBT community faces legal anomaly after discriminatory rule is revoked 21
11:13 AM — Mediterranean archipelago is forced to allow EU citizens' gay partners across its borders, but does not give own citizens the same opportunity.