Italian lawmakers to debate civil unions bill in September

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced that his government will move forward with legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

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Italy’s Senate will debate bills to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his party’s intention to move forward with legislation so debates on the bill can begin in September.

The Italian model has been based on civil partnership schemes in Britain and Germany but the proposal in Italy is that same-sex spouses will only be allowed to adopt their partner’s children if the other parent dies.

Prime Minister Renzi campaigned on LGBTI equality as part of his Democratic Party’s platform and told La Repubblica on Tuesday that under his party’s proposal, ‘gay rights will be the same as those for married heterosexual couples.’

Democratic Party vice-president Ivan Scalfattorotto welcomed the planned reform, though he personally hopes same-sex couples will be able to marry in Italy one day just like everything else.

‘In an ideal world, Italy would also recognize gay marriage,’ he said.

Scalfattorotto said he hoped the government would also revive an anti-homophobia bill that was put before the Senate last year.

Authors: Super User