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Malta's Palace Square Explodes with Joy After Passage of Gay Civil Unions Law: VIDEO

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Heavily Catholic Malta passed an historic bill on Monday night legalizing gay civil unions.

The Times of Malta reports:

There was an explosion of cheers in Palace Square as the vote was taken - 37 in favour and 30 abstentions. The fa├žade of the palace was lit in the rainbow colours.

The opposition abstained from voting because of hesitation about gay adoptions:

The controversial law on civil unions was approved by Parliament this evening amid loud cheers and celebrations by about 1,000 people who gathered on Palace Square. The Opposition abstained. The bill puts gay partnerships on a par with marriage. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said before the final vote that although the Opposition agreed with civil unions, it had reservations regarding child adoptions by gay couples and felt this issue deserved more study.

Check out the amazing video from Malta's Palace Square, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Spain. Malta. Argentina. All Catholic dominated nations and all of them supporting marriage equality. Makes you wonder about the United States, doesn't it?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Apr 16, 2014 8:26:14 AM


  2. I love that cheerful crowd!

    Posted by: Calvin | Apr 16, 2014 8:31:39 AM


  3. I love that cheerful crowd!

    Posted by: Calvin | Apr 16, 2014 8:32:28 AM


  4. And more surprising, the Catholic country of Malta also voted to be the FIRST country in EUROPE to protect their trans citizens constitutionally.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 16, 2014 8:36:25 AM


  5. @TAMPAZEKE if you see a trans "progress", expect gay rights to be repealed just like in India or Iran

    Posted by: litper | Apr 16, 2014 8:43:49 AM


  6. @Phoenix Justice: Amen to that.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Apr 16, 2014 9:20:56 AM


  7. Another heart warming example of the irrelevance of the Catholic Church. It usually takes them about four centuries to catch up with reality, but I don't think they have four centuries left.

    Posted by: james st. james | Apr 16, 2014 9:45:30 AM


  8. Interesting that opposition to this civil unions bill was driven by "concerns" about adoption....but gays and lesbians can already adopt in Malta as single parents. Now they'll be able to joint adopt.

    That's the sort of trumped-up nonsense the opponents have to work with. The local Cardinal Scicluna even devoted his Xmas sermon to fear of gay adoption, with a discussion of the manger scene as a representation of the ideal family!

    BTW, part of the motivation here is that Malta is doing everything it can demonstrate that it is part of Europe and shares European values.

    Posted by: Will | Apr 16, 2014 11:42:15 AM


  9. @Will. Absolutely, Malta is trying to belong; the US states are trying to NOT belong to the progression of history (not even Progressive Ideals). The sick people such as Brian Brown, Scott Lively, Labarbera, Maggie all want to remain in the US of the 19th Century, when only WHITE MEN controlled the country. The Tealiban in congress just passed a bill limiting the president from used the antiquities act (signed by T. ROOSEVELT, REP) to protect historic site (ie national monuments) because they want to be able to strip these areas of all of the minerals etc. The same w/ the rancher in NEVADA who is pissed that he has to pay to used federal lands to feed his cattle or get them off the land(getting free feed in essence a government subsidy). So everything I see is that the Repugnicrats here would probably be happy with the prior government from prior to the current Constitution (Articles of Confederation) where they could run their states as essentially independent nations. So maybe I should say that the Tealiban/Repugnicrats want to return to the 18th Century.

    Posted by: Steven Jaeger | Apr 16, 2014 12:24:55 PM


  10. Yay! What cute little flags they have.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 16, 2014 12:51:42 PM


  11. That was a wonderful sight.

    Posted by: Bollox | Apr 16, 2014 1:46:10 PM


  12. Wow - this is fantastic!

    Posted by: Reality | Apr 16, 2014 10:30:00 PM


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