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Malta validate pacs and adopt a more friendly Constitution
(Blogmensgo, gay blogof 29 April 2014) The Maltese Parliament adopted 14 April 2014, a law establishing a homosexual "civil union" (PACS) and allowing gay and lesbians couples to adopt children. A constitutional amendment against homophobia was also voted.
Below is a report on the historic Maltese evening of April 16, 2014 in Malta.
The legislation was passed by 37 votes, after a hearing broadcast live. The Nationalist Party (opposition) and 30 representatives chosen to abstain: rather favorable pacs, they were much less enthusiastic about the adoption homoparental. At the very least they wanted further discussion on this issue.
Through the voice of its leader Simon Busuttil, the opposition that it did not consider adoption as a universal law, it is the interests of the child are paramount and therefore he had rather do two laws, one on the PACS and the adoption of children by homosexual couples.
And Simon Busuttil to say that the population is ready for adoption homoparental. A survey shows that 80% of Maltese are reluctant on this issue.
Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat replied that he worked for the minority, but for the majority of his countrymen, in the name of equality.
The Parliament also unanimously approved a constitutional amendment to protect gays against discrimination. The amendment was proposed by the opposition.
Below, another report in Maltese on the introduction of PACS (civil union) in Malta.
Once the text adopted, a thousand LGBT activists and supporters invaded Palace Square in Valletta. Several Labour MPs have joined, showing an arc-en-ciel in their lapels. The Green Party Alternattiva Demokratika has also welcomed the vote of the new law. As members left the Parliament, the public booed members of the opposition Labour and cheered.
Maltese personalities and Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Ambassador of the United States, attended the rally in the capital of the smallest state of the European Union (316 km 2according to Wikipedia ). The facade of the Parliament was also illuminated by a rainbow sky, a prelude to a party that for some lasted until the end of the night.
Malta is a republic where Catholicism is the state religion. The country is a signatory to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which prohibits inter alia - as well as the Constitution of Malta - discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Comment. Malta's opposition seems both more constructive and less bounded homophobic hordes who turned France into ridicule.
You can put most tensions in Malta on behalf of an incomplete rather than attributed to a homophobic reflex information.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.