After months of spirited debates, the Italian Senate has passed the European country’s first recognition of same-sex unions. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called the bill historic, and it will nto head to the lower house of Parliament, where it is posed to pass. If signed into law, gay couples (and straight) can enter into civil partnerships granting them similar rights to marry couples.
According to the New York Times:
…Maria Elena Boschi, minister of constitutional reforms and a protagonist in the political mediation, said in a statement that the law will “finally affirm that the life project of a same-sex couple is not worth less than that between a man and a woman.”
Monica Cirinnà, the senator sponsoring the bill, emphasized that it “will make civil unions a reality in Italy.”
But she acknowledged the bill’s shortcomings in the stripping out of the provision on stepchild adoption, which would have been the “natural consequence” of legislation, as happens “everywhere in Europe.”