Rainbow Fireworks As Malta Votes To Approve Same-Sex Marriage


Malta Legalises Marriage Equality

The European country of Malta has voted to legalise marriage equality in its parliament.

The country’s marriage laws will be changed to replace words such as “husband” and “wife” with the gender-neutral “spouse,” and the terms “mother” and “father” were also made gender-neutral, the BBC reported.

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Only one of 67 parliamentarians in the staunchly Catholic country voted against the legislation.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said: “It’s a historic vote. This shows that our democracy and society have reached a level of maturity and we can now say that we are all equal.”

Local group the Malta Gay Rights Movement led a celebration outside the Prime Minister’s office building, onto which rainbow lights and the words “We Made History” were projected following the vote.

Australian marriage equality campaigners welcomed the news, saying the recent change in Malta shows how simply the reform can be achieved.

“If marriage equality can occur in Catholic Malta, Australia has no excuses,” just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome said.

“The lesson for Australia is that marriage equality can be achieved through parliament without the need for a costly and divisive plebiscite.”

Malta has become the 15th nation in the EU and the 25th in the world to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.