Thursday, February 25, 2016

Italy's Senate OKs Same-Sex Couples Civil Unions; But Rejects Gay Adoptions Due to Vatican Potency

The Senate in Italy today (February 25, 2016) approved a bill allowing civil unions for same-sex and heterosexual couples, according to the BBC website.

The motion was backed by a 173 to 71 vote after a deal was reached to remove a provision allowing gay adoptions and other clauses, thus watering-down the bill.

Italy is the only major Western European country with no civil partnerships or gay marriage.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi -- who had promised to pass a civil unions bill -- described today's vote as "historic." However, he had to agree to remove a gay adoption provision opposed by several lawmakers due to pressure from the Catholic Church.

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