Civil Union

Same-sex civil union in Malta includes the same rights and obligations as gay marriage, only with a different name.

Gay and lesbian couples can be officially joined in civil union in Malta since 2014. Same-sex civil union in Malta includes the same rights and obligations as gay marriage, only with a different name. Malta has further stated its intention to amend the civil union legislation of 2014 to same-sex marriage. Until such time, the state recognises same-sex marriage performed abroad as equivalent to civil union in Malta.

With the arrival of civil union in Malta, same-sex couples can jointly adopt, with the first official adoption by a same-sex couple taking effect in July 2016. Since surrogacy is illegal in Malta, gay men do not currently have the opportunity to have their own biological children. IVF is currently illegal for lesbian women, however the government of Malta has stated its intention to introduce a bill to allow IVF access for female same-sex couples, among others.

Changing laws and granting rights on a state level is a reflection of increasing social awareness, so that Malta is increasingly gay friendly. Malta grants 88% of all rights to gay and lesbian persons, placing Malta first on ILGA-Europe’s rainbow map, while the 2015 Eurobarometer found a majority of 65% in favour of same-sex marriage, compared with just 18% in 2006.

All this has opened up new opportunities, not only to the local gay and lesbian community, but also to foreign same-sex couples wishing to get married in Malta. Several gay friendly wedding planners are available to meet your demands.

Bear in mind that same-sex weddings cannot be held in a church, however there are several wonderful venue options available, with stunning backdrops. Whether you choose the historic bastions of Valletta, a noble palazzo, beautiful gardens or a seascape, your gay marriage in Malta will be nothing short of a dream come true.

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