Thursday, 2 April 2009

MaltaStar: Homosexual Couples and Adoption
2.4.9 Local News

Malta is one of 14 member states who do not yet grant partnership or marriage rights to LGBT couples. Due to this, LGBT couples are deprived of the rights and benefits which the state grants to opposite-sex couples. The EU study also finds that Maltese and Polish citizens are the least supportive of the proposition to authorise homosexual couples to adopt children. Only 7% of Maltese believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children.

Research in most of the member states shows that many LGBT persons conceal their sexual orientation from relatives to avoid discrimination within the family. Yet, the study points out that those who are open about their sexual orientation are eventually accepted within the family.

Click here to view the full report - Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States

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