Malta legalizes divorce

May 28, 2011, midnight

Citizens of Malta on Saturday voted in a referendum on whether or not to legalize divorce. Official results show that 53 percent of the Mediterranean island's nearly 400,000 voters were in favor of the measure, which asked whether parliament should pass a law allowing couples to divorce after four years of separation. The referendum was non-binding; parliament is still required to pass a new law, but the prime minister has indicated he will respect the wishes of the people despite his personal opposition. Malta is currently the only European country where divorce is still banned.

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