The rights of the gay community in Malta have been left in disarray after EU intervention saw a restriction on migration struck from the law books.
The central Mediterranean group of islands which makes up the country has a strong Catholic ethos, which means gay couples have little in the way of governmental recognition.
Until this year, non-recognition of gay relationships was applied equally to Maltese citizens and to foreign nationals: those in other member states of the EU and in non-EU, third countries across the world.
But in 2010, the EU passed a new directive concerning the free movement of EU citizens between states.
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