Italy: Democratic Party MP denies plans of a same-sex civil unions bill
A cabinet under-secretary has denied reports that the Italian government is working on a gay civil unions bill.
On Wednesday, centre-left Democratic Party MP Ivan Scalfarotto told ANSA: “I have no record of a government bill on civil unions between gays, but the premier has been saying for a while that he wants German-style civil partnerships.”
He added: “Gay people can’t choose between marriage and cohabitation while heterosexuals can.”
Italy is home to a large Catholic population, and lags behind other European countries on LGBT rights, with gay couples having no legal recognition, rights to adopt, and limited protection from discrimination.
Last month a lesbian couple in Italy has became the first to be allowed to adopt a child, after a court ruled they could not be stopped from doing so.
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