Malta will be voting on the legalization of same-sex marriage this week. This vote comes one month after Prime Minister Muscat said that marriage equality would be one of his top priorities after being elected.
“Malta wants to keep leading on LGBT issues and civil liberties, to serve as a model for the rest of the world,” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the BBC.
This progression is one of many big steps over the last six years for a primarily Catholic country. In 2011, Malta legalized divorce, and in 2016 the country became the first European state to ban “conversion therapy.”
The country is also working on moving toward more inclusive verbiage, by replacing references to husbands, wives, mothers and fathers.
The final parliamentary vote will be held on July 12.
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) July 5, 2017