Last week, MPs in Malta voted to legalise same-sex marriage, making Malta the 15th country in Europe to allow same-sex couples to marry.
This latest development is one of many advances the country has made on LGBT equality in recent years, which have seen Malta become one of the most progressive countries for LGBT rights in the world.
In fact, Malta has been ranked as number one out of 49 European countries, based on rights enjoyed by LGBT and intersex people.
This step is the icing on the cake
Commenting on last week’s marriage equality vote, ILGA-Europe Executive Director, Evelyne Paradis said in a statement:
“This step is the icing on the cake of the tremendous work by the Maltese LGBTI movement. We congratulate the Maltese government for sticking to its commitments.
We applaud everyone who has been working on this. To see equal marriage supported by practically the entire parliament is amazing.”
The vote for marriage equality passed by 66-1, revealing overwhelming support within the Maltese government.
Stonewall celebrates this welcome news and congratulates the Maltese LGBT movement for their efforts in making same-sex marriage a reality.