Italy begins debating same-sex unions bill

Italy's parliament began debating a civil union bill for gay couples on Wednesday, kicking off a hotly-awaited rights battle championed by Premier Matteo Renzi but expected to drag on for months.

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The country is the last major state in western Europe not to legally recognise and protect homosexual couples, and Renzi had promised a law would be passed by the end of the year — a deadline now looking a bit tight.

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It’s about time – Italy is very very far behind – while Scandinavian’s discussed same-sex unions bill in the 1990’s – Norway got it in 1993 and was abolished in 2009 – when same-sex marriage became legally in Norway.

Photo By Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany (qe07 (9)) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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