Sunday, 21 July 2013

Malta Today: Updated | Civil liberties minister pledges equality in pride march

Minister Helena Dalli says nobody should be discriminated over race, sex or sexual orientation.
Saturday 22 June 2013 - 12:44 by Jean Pierre Cassar

Civil liberties minister Helena Dalli said the first 100 days of the Labour government were charecterised by landmark decisions granting further liberties to LGBTI persons.

Citing the change in the civil code granting the right to marry to transexuals and the consultative council entrusted with drafting a civil union bill, she said: "These are a symbol of the government's first 100 days."

Dalli also welcomed the Nationalist Party's proposal to amend the Constitution and grant protection to all citizens irrispective of their sexual orientation.

Describing the proposal as a "huge sigh of relief," Dalli welcomed the fact that the two parties in Parliament are in agreement on the need to protect the rights of LGBTI persons.

The march was attended by a number of politicians from accross the political spectrum with PN deputy leader Mario de Marco and MP Claudette Buttigieg representing the Opposition and AD deputy Chairpersons Carmel Cacopardo, secretary-general Ralph Cassar and Angele Deguara represeneted the Green Party.

Labour candidate and gay-activist Cyrus Engerer said that the civil liberties consultative council was also working on a proposal to LGBTI persons to donate blood.

For the first time ever the Gay Pride events were sponsored by government. The event was also sponsored by the Dutch embassy in Malta.

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