Same-sex marriage arrives to Malta
Malta has finally same-sex marriage. The law that allows same-sex couples to legally marry in Malta took effect on Friday, 1 September. Now there is a 6-week waiting period under Maltese law before any couple can legally tie the knot, so the first weddings can take place this October. The Maltese Parliament in July nearly unanimously approved the marriage bill. Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who was re-elected in June, is among those who backed the measure. ILGA-Europe and Rainbow Rose, the LGBT network of the Party of European Socialists, also applauded Muscat and Maltese advocates on Friday. Malta last December also became the first country in Europe to ban so-called conversion therapy.