Same-sex marriage is now legal in Malta, following a vote in parliament which was almost unanimous, yesterday, Wednesday 12 June.
Following snap elections in June 2017, the government said that legislation for same-sex marriage would be its first priority.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage was introduced on 24 June, and passed yesterday, 12 July 2017. The law will also replace all gender-specific references with gender-neutral terminology, and will take effect in Malta later this year.
In 2014, when a civil union bill was passed, couples in a same-sex civil union were allowed adopt children jointly.