Yesterday the Parliament of Italy finally passed a bill creating same-sex civil unions, though there was a strong opposition from the powerful Catholic church, sparking rebellions from Catholic lawmakers. The law – which came about after the European Court of Human Rights upheld complaints of discrimination over the country’s lack of recognition for same-sex couples – was passed after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called a confidence in himself to force the issue through.LGBT activists across Italy were jubilant after the vote passed by 369-193. Italy was the last country in Western Europe with no recognition for same-sex partnerships. The occasion was marked across Rome – with the world-famous Trevi Fountain lit up in rainbow colours at the city centre, as people gathered to celebrate.
Italian MP Paola Concia said: “It’s a historic day for Italy, because we were the last EU country among the founders of the EU, to approve civil unions. At last, we are among the more civilized countries. For Italy it is an important day because it will change the lives of many men and women for the better, but it will also change our country for the better.”