The island nation of Malta has finally passed civil unions for gay couples. With 37 votes, and 30 abstentions Maltese MPs made civil unions and gay adoptions legal in the country.
The Maltese parliament approved a law late on Monday to recognise same-sex partnerships on a legal par with marriage, including allowing gay couples to adopt.
The law was greeted by wild celebrations by some 1,000 people in a square just outside parliament in Valletta, the capital of the predominantly Roman Catholic Mediterranean island where divorce was only legalized two years ago.
Labor Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, elected one year ago, said: “Malta is now more liberal and more European and it has given equality to all its people.”
The opposition Nationalist Party abstained from the vote, saying it was in favor of civil unions but had reservations about gay adoptions.
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