In reaction to parliament’s approval of a referendum on a responsible type of divorce, Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said:
‘Given that a referendum will take place, 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’.
Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, AD’s Deputy Chairperson, said: ‘AD has been in favour of the introduction of divorce ever since it was founded in 1989 and has unequivocally inserted in all its electoral manifestos. It has done so because it believes that in a secular and pluralistic society civil rights should be guaranteed. The plain truth is that some marriages fail and it is our duty to be sensitive towards the emotional and financial stress many individuals have to endure because of lack of this legislation. No one is obliged to divorce but the possibility of divorce should be available in a truly liberal and pluralistic democracy’.