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The Latest: Malta Lawmakers Legalize Same-sex Marriage

The Latest: Malta Lawmakers Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 02:38 PM

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on the vote to legalize same-sex marriages in Malta (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Lawmakers in the predominantly Catholic island nation of Malta have voted to legalize same-sex marriages.

Malta joined much of Western Europe on Wednesday when its parliament approved legislation eliminating the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies and replacing it with "you are now spouses."

The vote was 66-1, with the sole lawmaker who voted against the change citing his Christian faith.

The Catholic Church had opposed the legislation, which the Labor government promised to introduce as its first law after winning a second term last month and which the main opposition party supported.

The aim of the law, piloted by Equality Minister Helena Dalli, is to "modernize the institution of marriage" to give all consenting adult couples the right to marry.

11:15 a.m.

The predominantly Catholic island nation of Malta is set to legalize gay marriage, joining much of Western Europe by eliminating the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies and replacing it with "you are now spouses."

The Catholic Church had opposed the legislation, which the Labor government promised to introduce as its first law after winning a second term last month and which the main opposition party supports. The only question heading into Wednesday's parliamentary vote is whether the bill would pass unanimously or with a lone opposition lawmaker voting against.

The aim of the law, piloted by Equality Minister Helena Dalli, is to "modernize the institution of marriage" to give all consenting adult couples the right to marry.

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