Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Civil union registry debuts in Milan

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(ANSA) - Milan, September 18 - Milan's civil union registry
debuted Tuesday, permitting homosexual couples a measure of
formal recognition in the eyes of local law.
At 8:45am, the designated hall in the city's central
registry office was packed with well-wishers for the first
couple - a politically symbolic one - to sign their names in the
registry.
Gay activist and politician Paolo Hutter and his companion
Paolo Oddi, clad in blue jackets, signed their civil union
certificate to a blaze of camera flashes.
To perfect the photo-op, Hutter and Oddi deployed an
outsized pen.
"We would have liked orange, but we couldn't find one," the
couple said, referring to the symbolic color of leftist Mayor
Giuliano Pisapia during his election campaign.
"In the end, I am excited. I didn't expect it," confessed
Oddi at the end of the process.
Hutter commented on how the civil union still falls far
short of marriage.
"It is a minimal act in itself. It's not the emotion we
would have liked to experience. Today is still a symbolic
gesture," said Hutter.
Hutter is a journalist, ex-city council member and
ex-alderman in Turin. He also officiated at symbolic gay
marriages 20 years ago in front of the Milan mayor's offices in
the Piazza della Scala.
Milan's alderman for civil services, Daniela Benelli, gave
a bouquet of flowers to the couple.
The renowned journalist and television host Gad Lerner was
in attendance as were a number of city council members belonging
to the centre-left majority.

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