Malta finally gets divorce law
Summary of story from BBC, July 25, 2011
Members of parliament in mainly Roman Catholic Malta have passed an historic law legalising divorce (see WVoN story).
The law is due to take effect in October if, as expected, it is approved by President George Abela. The prime minister voted against it.
Currently, Maltese people have to travel abroad to obtain divorces.
MPs passed the law by 52 votes to 11 with five abstentions and one absence, months after 53% of voters backed the reform in a referendum.
An Associated Press correspondent reports that the outcome in parliament is a crushing victory considering that most laws in Malta are passed by just one vote.