Malta is likely to introduce same-sex marriages. And even though the time when it might happen is not chosen yet, the experts believe same sex marriages to have been recognized by the end of the year. Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs, and Civil Liberties, made the announcement earlier this week at a conference organized by Drachma, an organization for LGBTI Christians.
A Turkish audience member asked a question, noting he and his boyfriend had left Turkey to get married in Spain, before asking Dalli about marriage equality in Malta. You’re not going to believe this, but yesterday I was revising a draft bill for marriage equality,’ Dalli said. “But also, I’d like to point out that our civil union law is on a par with marriage.’ The minister says that only names differ, not rights. And the government is planning to work on it.
Campaigners however have said giving same-sex couples ‘civil unions’ could still be considered a ‘second-class’ version as the word marriage is still denied to them. And it seems the conservative, center-right Nationalist Party (PN) is in full support. According to the Times of Malta, the party’s youth network as well as the Equal Opportunities Forum (Forum Opportunitijaet Indaqs Partit Nazzjonalista) said they stand with opposition leader Simon Busuttil in pushing for same sex marriage. ‘We note that this position is consistent with calls from the PN leader 12 months ago,’ they said. ‘And is a position which we back out of a true sense of responsibility and belief.’