Italy: Civil unions become law against Vatican and centre-right parties

The Lower House on Wednesday gave its definitive approval to the government’s civil unions bill. The brand-new law extends to committed gay couples some of the same rights and protections currently enjoyed by heterosexual married couples, such as the right to receive a deceased partners’ pension. (ANSA)

Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference, said on the eve of the vote that it was “a defeat for everyone.” Alfio Marchini, a center-right candidate for Rome mayor running in elections next month, said he would not celebrate homosexual unions in the capital. (Bloomberg)