Same-sex civil unions backed in Italy, but not gay marriage

May 13, 2016

The Italian Parliament has backed the recognition of same-sex unions but stopped short of supporting same-sex marriage.

Politicians voted by 372 votes to 51, with 99 abstentions, to pave the way for the civil unions Bill to be sent to President Sergio Mattarella.

The measures were highly controversial, and a requirement for gay couples to pledge loyalty to each other was dropped to make the unions less like marriage.

In February last year, Italy’s top court rejected redefining marriage, saying there was nothing in the country’s constitution to require it to do so.