[VIDEO] PL to grant civil union for gay couples

Saturday, 12 Jan 2013, 21:14

 

Labour leader Joseph Muscat said today that a Labour government would grant same sex couples the right of civil union, introduce a gender identity law for transgender persons and appoint a minister for civil rights and equality and a consultative council to screen laws before they are enacted to ensure that they do not discriminate against LGBT persons.

Addressing a meeting organized by LGBT Labour Muscat said that the country must now make the step to give human rights to LGBT persons, 40 years since the Labour government decriminalised homosexuality. “We have waited too long to move ahead an give these persons their rights. We truly want Malta for all and want everyone to feel that Malta is theirs.

Muscat said that granting human rights to LGBT persons has nothing to do with tolerance but with embracing these people as human beings who should have the same rights and responsibilities as others.

Muscat also said a Labour government would also widen the remit of the Employment Commission to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and would also sign Protocol 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights against discrimination.

Several LGBT persons spoke at the event about the bullying and discrimination they have been subjected to and how several of their young friends had committed suicide because they had been rejected by their families and society. They spoke about the need to change not only laws but also mind-sets and attitudes to accept diversity and treat LGBT persons like human beings.

 

 

 

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Glorfindel

- Sun 13-Jan-2013, 09:37

Impressive! There is no other word for it.

Dr Muscat is saying it like it is, and like it NEEDS to be said! Dr Muscat talks from the heart: he talks about his own experience in life!

This is certainly not a vote catcher, and it takes a lot of courage to announce such a move immediately prior to an election! I hope this stance is given the support of anyone a liberal mind in Malta.

Dr Muscat shows the stuff he is made of! He is a true leader and statesman, the man our poor island so desperately needs right now! He makes me proud again to be Maltese!!!

robert

- Sun 13-Jan-2013, 06:27

Prosit tassew, Labour always respects and recognizes others needs and rights. We need a PL GOVT efore it is too late. we all know were the workers rights stand presently unions are there for nothing nowadays.