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Rome council approves civil-union register - update

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Rome, January 28 - The latest move in Italy's
contentious gay marriage debate came on Wednesday as the Rome
city council assembly approved the establishment of a special
register for civil unions.
The controversial move was backed by Mayor Ignazio Marino,
his centre-left coalition and the anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement (M5S).
Centre-right parties NCD, Forza Italia and FdI voted
against.
Marino, who has long favored the recognition of civil
unions, was on hand for the vote that he called a "historic
milestone".
"This is not only an act of civility and respect of people,
but it aligns us with the rest of the western world, in line
with the principal European countries with whom we share our
political and cultural history," Marino said.
Some well-known LBGT activist-politicians were also
witnesses to the event, including president of the Puglia region
Nichi Vendola and transgender former MP Vladimir Luxuria.
Marino, like other Italian mayors in Bologna, Udine,
Trieste, Florence, and Reggio Emilia, had already transcribed
gay marriages contracted abroad to Rome's registers, despite
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano's declarations that mayors
don't have the authority to do so, as Italian law doesn't
recognize gay marriages.

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