Sociologist, local councillor, activist from Malta

Monday, July 25, 2011

Divorce - AD welcomes historic approval

Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party welcomed Parliament's approval of the divorce legislation, and said that it is honoured to have set the ball rolling for the introduction of this civil right.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson said: "AD welcomes the introduction of divorce in Malta. Malta has now joined the rest of the world in granting a basic civil right through which people can

find official closure and re-marry following a failed marriage. As Chairperson of the Green Party I am proud that AD has been in favour of this civil right ever since it was founded in 1989, and to have set the ball rolling for the introduction of divorce when last year we wrote to all members of parliament, which eventually led to the founding of the YES campaign and to the divorce referendum"

"AD believes that no member of parliament should have voted against the divorce legislation, particularly when it was the same parliament that decided for a divorce referendum. In particular, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi should not have voted against, particularly when it was the same Dr Gonzi who originally suggested a referendum. Dr Gonzi’s no vote shows not only that his confessional outlook is out-of-synch with contemporary Maltese society but, above all, it shows that, for him, the divorce referendum and parliamentary procedures were merely mathematical means in a futile attempt to keep Malta without the basic civil right of divorce".

Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, AD Deputy Chairperson and Spokesperson for Civil Rights said: "The introduction of divorce is a historic achievement for Malta. On this issue, Maltese people will finally be treated as adults and will no longer be discriminated against, unlike the situation prior to the introduction of divorce. Being Malta's progressive political party, AD will campaign for the introduction of other civil rights".

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