“You are now spouses” - Marriage Equality in Malta

People gathered in Castille Square, Malta on the evening of July 12, 2017 to celebrate the passage of marriage equality. PHOTO CREDITS: Darrin Zammit Lupi / Reuters

Today, we celebrate a victory for the global LGBTQ community: the island nation of Malta just legalized same-sex marriage in a nearly unanimous vote by Parliament. They are now the 15th state in the European Union to institute marriage equality, following Germany most recently and Slovenia earlier this year. The Maltese government said its goal was to modernize marriage law by providing equality for all.   In Malta, the institution of marriage is now fully gender-neutral meaning that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ) persons are free to marry whoever they love, whether they are of the same or different sex. They also have the right to raise children and adopt without having their gender or biological sex recorded on their children’s birth certificates. The new law eliminates the phrase “you are now husband and wife” from its civil ceremonies and replaces it with “you are now spouses.”  

“Love had won over intolerance, equality over segregation. Above all, Malta had won as it was giving all its people, whoever they were and whatever their beliefs, independently of their sexual orientation, the same opportunities.” ~ Politico EU

  While we celebrate this win for the LGTBQ community, we must remember there is still much work to be done to eliminate LGBTQ injustice and provide equality for all.   Join a community of peacemakers and create a project to address LGBTQ injustice today!