"People are neither carobs nor oranges."
Michaela Morgan

14 Jul 2017 - 5:48 PM  UPDATED 14 Jul 2017 - 5:48 PM

In a historic step forward for the country’s LGBT+ community, politicians in Malta voted to legalise same-sex marriage this week—but not everyone is happy about it.

The country’s Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been writing about his opposition to the amendment of Malta’s marriage act—the words “husband” and “wife” will now be replaced with the gender-neutral “spouse”.

Scicluna has been furiously tweeting that “holy matrimony will stay” and “marriage should be between a man and a woman” but has also included a bizarre photo of some trees to try and make his point. 

How Malta became a champion of LGBT+ rights
"We're a Catholic country. But eventually, the church has to come to terms with a changing society.”

People in Malta have been responding to the Catholic leader with some pretty solid points:

The once conservative Malta has quickly become a champion of gay rights in recent years, becoming the first country in Europe to ban gay conversion therapy in 2016. It also passed a groundbreaking gender recognition law in 2015, acknowledging the rights of transgender and intersex people in the country.