Malta to legalize same-sex marriage despite Catholic church protests

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VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – The predominantly Roman Catholic island nation of Malta is set to legalize same-sex marriage, joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.”

The Catholic Church had opposed the legislation, which the Labor government promised to introduce as its first law after winning a second term last month and which both opposition parties support. The only question heading into the July 12 parliamentary vote was whether there would be any votes against.

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