Wednesday, May 11, 2016


(Kind of) Sad news from Italy...

Rome, Italy: Ti amo!

Italian MPs pass watered-down,
second-rate same-sex civil union bill

Bill doesn’t recognise same-sex marriages,
same-sex parenting and adoption

Italy’s Parliament has passed a bill legalising civil unions for same-sex couples.
The legislation has attracted strong opposition from the Catholic church, sparking rebellions from Catholic lawmakers.
After meeting with MPs from his own party earlier this year, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi agreed to amend the bill to drop proposals that would recognise same-sex parenting and adoption.

The bill only covers civil unions—not marriage. Even then, the bill has been weakened significantly since it was introduced because of fierce resistance from conservative, Catholic members of the Italian Senate. For example, the bill does not allow for one member of a same-sex union to adopt the children of the other.
After passing through the Senate in February, the bill today cleared the Lower House Chamber of Deputies, after a confidence vote passed by 369-193 – meaning the bill will become law. 


 Though the legislation brings some rights to same-sex couples, the watered down version has attracted negative responses from LGBT groups for ditching same-sex adoption.
Rainbow Families says the decision to remove the adoption rights amounted to the “emptying out” of a bill that was already a “modest compromise”, as it doesn’t recognise same-sex marriages.
The bill came about after the European Court of Human Rights upheld complaints of discrimination by same-sex couples, who currently have no legal rights in Italy.
However, it has stirred up resentment between the LGBT community and the country’s powerful anti-gay Catholic lobbying groups – with large rallies and political manoeuvring against the measure. (Pink News, May 11, 2016)

4 comments:

Homem, Homossexual e Pai said...

Maridos italianos são um verdadeiro sonho de consumo! rsrsr

Angelo Ventura said...

It's a beginning, anyway

another country said...

True.

another country said...

True.