Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Milan approves measure that recognizes gay couples


(ANSA) - Milan, July 27 - Milan's city council has approved
a measure to recognize the common law unions of unmarried,
co-habitating couples.
Gay rights organizations cheered the measure for
effectively recognizing gay couples, and as a step toward
granting legal rights and privileges similar to marriage to
homosexual couples.
The measure establishes a registry of "civil unions" on
city records for "two people linked by emotional bonds".
The wording was changed from "a set of persons linked by
emotional bonds" for fear that the measure could effectively
sanction polygamy.
"With the registry of civil unions approved, from today
forward there are more rights in Milan," Milan's left-wing
mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, said Friday after the vote.
The measure passed after a session lasting 11 hours and 30
minutes, with 27 votes in favor, 7 contrary and 4 abstentions.
Two secular members of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right
People of Freedom party voted in favor, while Catholic
conservatives in the PdL voted against the measure.

photo: Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia.

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