Soon divorce will be allowed in Malta

Malta is the only EU country where divorce is not allowed. Malta has voted “Yes” in a non-binding referendum on legalizing divorce. About three-quarters of the electorate took part in the voting to legalize divorce. Dr Gonzi said in a televised speech that “Even though the result is not what I wished for, now it is our duty to see that the will of the majority is respected”. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando who was the leader of “Yes for Divorce” is very happy and said the result is significant. He said that “it brings Malta into a new era where the state and the Church are separate”. At present Divorce is banned only in three countries in the world – Malta, Philippines and Vatican. The other county Chile legalize divorce in 2004 after huge public pressure. Voting was done to introduce a new law that would allow couples to obtain a divorce after four years of separation. Earlier the legal separation was possible through courts or Church (which was a complex process that can take up to nine years). Divorce taken abroad was also legally valid in Malta.

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