Sociologist from Malta

Saturday, March 26, 2011

'AlternattIVA' - AD launches divorce referendum logo

In a press conference in St Julians, AD launched its AlternattiIVA logo for the divorce referendum campaign.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said: "AD is launching its slogan for the divorce referendum, namely 'AlternattIVA', whereby AD urges all those who are in favour of the introduction of divorce as well as those who do not agree with divorce but do not want to prohibit others from this right to vote yes in the referendum. Those who want to deny divorce to the thousands who need this civil right should not be allowed to prevail".

"AD appeals to the Broadcasting Authority to ensure that as was the case in the run up to the EU referendum, all civil society organisations are represented in the debates and airtime on state television. We also appeal to the Electoral Commission to ensure that there is fair civil society representation in the counting process during the referendum".

Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, Deputy Chairperson, said: "AD is pleased that parliament has voted in favour of a referendum and a just question, though it is shameful that certain politicians are playing with words to manipulate the whole issue and misinform the public what divorce is all about. Divorce is the dissolution of a failed marriage. It is useless to beat about the bush because with or without divorce legislation a failed marriage will simply remain a failed marriage with all its repercussions. AD has always been in favour of this civil right because people have a right to choose as how to live their lives, and to start afresh, whether by re-marrying or remaining single, after their marriage has irrevocably failed. The possibility to divorce should exist in a liberal and representative democracy like Malta. It is up to the individual to decide whether to make use of it or not".

Prof Arnold Cassola, AD spokesperson for EU and International Affairs, said: "In the democratic and civilised EU that Malta forms part of, it is happily married people who have tipped the balance in favour of divorce legislation. AD appeals to all happily married couples in Malta to give an opportunity to those persons who were not so lucky and whose marriage has irretrievably broken down, to be given the chance, if they so wish, to divorce and find happiness through a second marriage."

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