Italian MPs Vote in Favour of same-sex civil unions.




The Italian Parliament has voted in favour of same-sex civil unions. 

Italy is the last country in Western Europe to offer civil partnerships to gay couples. 

In 2015 it faced criticism from the European Court of Human Rights for a lack of LGBT inclusive laws.

This latest law change is the result of three decades of campaigning by LGBT groups. 

Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, faced intense opposition from the Roman Catholic Church, the far-right and even members of his own party in getting the law through.



Civil unions will allow couples to:



  • Apply for public housing together

  • Take each other’s surname

  • Inherit assets 

  • Receive a deceased partner’s pension 


A gay person will not, however, be allowed to adopt the biological children of his or her partner. 


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