In a recent press release SDM claims it believes that “the answer” for the recent developments with regard to the current issues of Civil Union and Gay Adoption, “is always found in civilized dialogue rather than a petition which has the aim of stopping all discussion about the subject.”
SDM “strongly believes in equality and equal rights, notwithstanding the belief that children’s rights are of the utmost importance and all discussion should centre around the rights of the child.”
The student organisation called for constructive criticism, mature discussion, always keeping in mind the rights of the child.
After having received a comment asking for more clarification for the comments published SDM said “We believe the above statement is clear enough in the sense that the issue at hand is about the importance that such issues are discussed thoroughly in a constructive manner so as to ultimately be in a position to take stands which are in line with SDM’s fundamental beliefs which are also stated in the above statement; and which include equality and equal rights and the safeguarding of children’s rights and needs.”
SDM also said that a report concerning these issues will be published in the coming days. It claimed once more that constructive criticism and discussions are needed. These “should not be shot down by irrational petitions to take these important issues off the agenda”, retorted SDM.
When pressed for an answer on whether SDM in favour of gay adoption and civil union, Ian Zahra, SDM Secretary said “we believe in respect of equal rights but we will issue a report in the coming weeks.”
In a comment given to insiteronline.com Joseph Masini, Secretary General of Pulse, said that “Pulse is completely in favour of Civil Unions and adoptions since the right to family life is a basic human right which must never be tampered with. We are completely in favour of tolerance and equality, and while discussions are healthy, we believe that such rights should never be compromised.”