Malta: Labour Party flies rainbow flag on eve of civil unions vote

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a pink background.

The Labour Party of Malta has flown a rainbow flag at its headquarters on the day that Parliament is set to vote on a civil unions bill.

The Hamrun headquarters saw the party’s headquarters draped with a rainbow flag.

Parliament is expected to vote in favour of the bill this evening, which would allow same-sex couples similar rights to married ones, including being able to adopt children.

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality last month issued a statement saying it is the human right of same-sex couples to adopt, in response to a revelation by the country’s Auxiliary Bishop who said that Pope Francis was “shocked” by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.

The Prime Minister of Malta Dr Joseph Muscat, earlier this year sent a strong message in support of the legislation by saying “I will not budge on the matter.”

The bill was introduced the country’s Parliament back in October.