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]