Italy’s Parliament Gives OK to Gay Civil Unions

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Neil Patrick Harris famously Married David Burtka in  Italy. Image via Twitter.

As the only Western democracy to not recognize same-sex partnerships, Italy’s parliament finally voted to approve same-sex civil unions (not marriage) in a vote of confidence for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The Wednesday vote marks a milestone in a country often at the crossroads of religious and democratic principles. MPs in the lower house voted 369-193, and Prime Minister Renzi has shown his support for the vote. “…today is a day of celebration for so many,” he wrote on Facebook.

Unfortunately, the bill was gutted of important protections clauses including enabling gay and lesbian couples to adopt their partner’s children.

A final decision on the bill will take place later today! [BBC]

 

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