Alternattiva Demokratika, the Green Party, questions the main conclusion of the TPPI Report on the civil rights of LGBTI persons ironically launched on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Angele Deguara, AD Spokesperson for Social Policy and Civil Rights, said: "Alternattiva Demokratika is sceptical about the main conclusion reached by the TPPI in its report entitled Same Sex: Same Civil Entitlements. The report concluded that while the Government should take the necessary and long overdue action to remedy the discriminatory position of the LGBTI community, it does not believe that the institution of marriage should be extended to homosexual couples because Maltese society is not yet ready for such a bold move.
Alternattiva Demokratika feels that such reasoning only takes into consideration the presumed standpoint of a heterosexual society while disregarding the rights and feelings of the LGBT community".
"While Alternattiva Demokratika reiterates its position in favour of full equality in all aspects of social life regardless of sexual orientation and sexual identity, it questions the empirical basis on which the TPPI conclusion is based. Furthermore, the Green Party believes that Maltese society should strive to eliminate all forms of discrimination against all disadvantaged groups and LGBTI people are no different.
We need to work towards a more just society where equality means equality for all not only for those which Maltese society may consider more equal than others. In an international context where the rights of LGBTI people are increasingly being recognised in different parts of the world, the only form of progress that AD can accept is that civil unions are given priority and offered to both same-sex and different-sex partners only to pave the way for a discussion on eventual marriage equality".