The Family Court has approved the first adoption of a child by a gay couple after they were recently united in a civil union. This was reported by One News yesterday. By means of the Civil Union law which was introduced in the country in 2014, a gay couple has the same rights as a married couple, although the adoption by a gay person in Malta was never illegal.
The procedure to adopt by a gay couple is the same as that of an adoption by a heterosexual couple, which requires a petition to be filed in front of the Family court. The couple is then scrutinised and the court decides whether to approve the adoption depending on various criteria.