Malta: Civil Union Bill Updates

Written by scott on April 6th, 2014

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As the civil unions bill inches closer to passage in the island nation of Malta, a few updates.

First off, a Malta candidate for the European Parliament says he wishes the bill didn’t include a provision allowing gays to adopt.

The Malta Independent reports:

PN MEP candidate MEP hopeful thinks that the gay adoption issue has not been studied enough and as such feels that MPs should have more information in hand before approving this new concept. In an interview that will be published tomorrow in The Malta Independent, Mr Mallia says that Civil Unions and gay adoptions should not be in the same Bill of law and, as such, if he were an MP he would abstain from voting on the current version of the Bill.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church is distancing itself from evangelical pastor Gordon-John Manche, who collected 10K signatures to try to derail the bill.

Malta Today reports:

A Curia spokesperson insisted that the Church is not associated with the pastor or his fellowship. “Gordon-John Manche and the River of Love fellowship do not have any link with the Catholic Church or any of its members. Consequently, there is no need for the church to disassociate itself from recent comments because there is no association whatsoever,” a Curia spokesperson told Illum.

The bill is expected to pass soon, and the incoming President has indicated she will sign it.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Robin says:

    The new President was sworn in on Friday April 4, so the civil union bill could be approved as soon as tomorrow.

    There’s also a bill awaiting final approval that would put discrimination protections based on sexual orientations in the Constitution.

  2. The claim that “the gay adoption issue has not been studied enough” is baseless. See “Report 2 – Malta is moving toward legalizing same-gender civil marriage under a slightly different name: civil unions” in “Equal Human Rights and Civil Rights for All Persons, No Matter Their Gender, No Matter Their Sexual Orientation: A Newsletter” (

    If it turns out that gays make bad parents, the law can always be changed to prohibit them from adopting. At least give them a chance to prove themselves.

    What about the thousands and thousands of heterosexuals around the world who HAVE abused their children? (No “studies” are need to prove that they have.).

    If gays should be prohibited from adopting children because “more information” is — supposedly, but not really — needed on the subject, heterosexuals should, a fortiori, be so prohibited as well because many heterosexuals have abused their children.

    What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

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