Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Times: Gay Rights Movement backs divorce

Monday, 7th March 2011 - 15:28CET

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) officially declared its position in favour of divorce today.

"Divorce is a civil right that should be legally available to all those resident in Malta. While MGRM embraces a wide definition of family that is not restricted to the institution of marriage, it supports the right of two consenting adults to enter into a civil marriage and to terminate this arrangement when the relationship, for whatever reason, breaks down," the movement said.

"The MGRM opposes the concept of a nanny state that determines for how long adults should love each other. This is a choice that lies solely with the individuals concerned. Once a marriage has irretrievably broken down then the possibility of re-marriage should be made available with all its attendant rights and obligations."

The MGRM said it recognised that children need to be adequately catered for but, it said, this applied irrespective of the relationship status of the parents involved.

"Parents should provide for their children whether they are married, separated, cohabiting, divorced, remarried or hold any other status. Moreover, current legislation already provides for the maintenance of children where a relationship has broken down."

It added that where a parent chooses to forego a career in order to carry out child-caring duties then this should be adequately compensated for by the other parent on separation or divorce and for as long as the child rearing obligations prevent the parent from entering into employment and sustaining themselves financially.

The MGRM said it endoresed the IVA to Divorce movement.

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