Italy passes same sex union bill
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Italy passes same sex union bill
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Quote:The Italian government finally approved a bill to allow gay civil unions, after a long and bitter debate that has pitted the Catholic Church against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

In order to speed up the bill’s passage, Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, called a confidence vote in Italy’s lower house on Wednesday saying it was “unacceptable to have any more delays after years of failed attempts."

Renzi’s cabinet survived confidence vote with 369 voting in favour of the bill compared to 193 against.

Earlier on Wednesday, knowing that a majority in the confidence vote was almost certain, Renzi declared that it was “a day of celebration for those who finally feel recognized.”

“By calling a confidence vote, we have bound the government’s survival to the civil rights battle,” Renzi added in his Facebook post.

The bill extends many of the rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples to same sex couples, including the legal right to inherit each other’s pensions.

Italy is the last major western European country to recognize civil unions for same sex couples.

In order to get the bill this far, Renzi’s government had already survived a confidence vote in Italy’s upper house in February, but the content of the bill was watered down in the wake of strong opposition from Italy’s centre-right and the influence of the Catholic church.

A draft article that would have allowed gay couples to adopt their partners' biological children was scrapped altogether.
While adoption will not be ruled out entirely, judges will decide on a case-by-case basis.

In the face of concern that civil unions would be too similar to marriage, references to a need for faithfulness were also removed.

"The glass is half full," Gabriele Piazzoni, national secretary of the Arcigay organization, said in a statement.
http://www.thelocal.it/20160511/breaking...s-marriage
2016 May 11 18:14
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