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Labour, before the recent election, made a manifesto pledge on gay marriage, and the Nationalists did the same, walking into as trap set for them by Labour.
The Nationalists consequently voted for gay marriage in a whipped vote (with one honourable exception) and this may well do the party lasting damage, ensuring a split between its Christian Democrat wing and its libertarian free market wing.
The Maltese Church needs to re-examine how it deals with change and political challenges The news that Malta has legalised gay marriage – an event that coincidentally took place while I was visiting the island – has been interpreted by some as a sign of the collapse of Maltese Catholicism. It is absolutely true that the Maltese bishops opposed the change; however, not for the first time, the bishops found themselves on the losing side.
Back in 2011, they opposed the introduction of divorce, which was passed, though by a relatively narrow margin.
Application by a legal minor is regulated in analogy through a court procedure.
MALTA, May 24, 2017 (Life Site News) -- Catholic faithful in Malta have published a full page add in a widely read paper defending real marriage against “unnatural” homosexual “marriage” in the lead-up to the country’s June 3 general election.
The country’s bishops, however, have criticized the ad as “propaganda.” The ad, published in the May 21 edition of Malta Today by “Maltese Catholics United for the Faith,” states that the sanctity of marriage must be respected.
“We respect everyone, be they teachers, nuns, gays, immigrants, or self-employed…Respect is at the heart of it all.
But the sanctity of marriage, between husband and wife, doesn’t grant a right to everyone to marry anyone,” the ad states.
The group's ad criticizes the country’s two political parties vying for leadership for “incrementally beef[ing] up their standing at the ballot box by promising or enacting gay marriage laws for the 1%.” “Same-sex marriage is unnatural.