Only three years ago Malta was the last-but-one country in the world to introduce divorce.
A one-year heated debate that ended with a majority of people voting for divorce in a referendum had closed the chapter on an issue that was until then widely ignored by the political class.
Last week it went a step further and passed a law permitting civil unions and gay adoption.
The relationship of gay couples will receive formal recognition by the State in a union that will enjoy the same rights and obligations of marriage. Gay marriages contracted abroad will also be recognised by the State.
From having no legislation at all on family rights for gay couples, Malta became the 22nd European country to legally recognise same-sex unions, according to Ilga-Europe, a gay advocacy group.
Malta is now one of only 10 European countries from the 49 listed in the Rainbow Map, a score sheet, that allow gay couples to apply for joint child adoption
But the law was controversially much more far-reaching, also including a provision that allows gay couples to adopt children.
According to Ilga, Malta is now one of only 10 European countries from the 49 listed in the Rainbow Map, a score sheet, that allow gay couples to apply for joint child Adoption.