Sociologist from Malta

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

AD urges people to vote YES in the referendum

Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party urged people to vote YES in the divorce referendum on 28th May.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said that "the basic issue in the divorce referendum is that whilst a “Yes for divorce” allows people to choose No in their personal lives, a “No for divorce” does not allow people to choose Yes in their personal lives. AD is proud to have submitted the Irish divorce law to members of parliament, which was subsequently picked up by Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando and Evarist Bartolo. The draft law is based on a responsible model of divorce."

Michael Briguglio added that “AD is confident that the referendum can be won, if people stand up and be counted. We strongly appeal those who are in favour of the introduction of divorce to vote Yes in the referendum. Abstention from voting can play in the hands of the fundamentalists who, through their misinformation and scaremongering want Malta to remain without this basic civil right. We also appeal to 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 win.”

Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, AD Deputy Chairperson and Spokesperson for Civil Rights said that “one should vote yes because adults have a right to make their own decisions about whether they want to stay single, to remarry or to cohabit with their new partner once their previous marriage has irrevocably failed. Divorce is a civil right which is being denied to a number of people who are not in a position to obtain it from abroad. Malta is the only country in the world where divorce is not granted by the courts but where divorce obtained from many other countries is recognised by the state.”

Prof. Arnold Cassola, AD Spokesperson on EU and International Affairs, said that "Alternattiva Demokratika is asking the Maltese people to live up to the motto of the European Union that we joined in 2004, i.e. ‘United in diversity’. People might have different beliefs but we should be tolerant of the beliefs of others, even if they are different from ours. Voting ‘YES’ at the referendum will also be a respectful sign of tolerance of those who do not necessarily share your beliefs, but who are in need of your help to be able to start afresh in life. Voting "IVA" also means restoring the concept of equality amongst all Maltese citizens and not privileging those who can get a divorce from abroad, as the situation is now”

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