Gay civil unions take effect in Italy

Italy has become the last major Western country to legalise same-sex partnerships as a much-disputed law takes effect.

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The Catholic Church and several parties have strongly opposed the move.

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Town halls across Italy Friday reported that requests for gay unions have started coming in, although there was confusion over who was the first to have their partnership registered as the legislation took effect.

Some local media reported that a lesbian couple known as Helen and Deborah held a ceremony attended by family and friends last Sunday in Castel San Pietro, in the province of Bologna.


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

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