Cult gay writer and journalist, 62-year-old Piergiorgio Paterlini and his long-time partner Marco Sotgiu became the first Italian couple that entered into same-sex unions on the basis of the law on civil unions, approved by the Italian Parliament in May this year.
The ceremony was held in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia which has a population of approximately 170,000, which locates halfway between Modena and Parma. Everything went quite modest in the presence of the Mayor Luke Vecchi and two witnesses.
Paterlini and Sotgiu have lived together for 37 years. That is why they both have decided not to organize a banquet, as the traditional wedding. Paterlini said that they had invited guests to talk about gay rights in Italy but not about toasts.
Piergiorgio Paterlini is former journalist Repubblica and Gazzetta di Reggio, is a cult for the Italian gay figure: he is in particular the author of “Boys who love boys” (Ragazzi che amano ragazzi), which was published for the first time in 1991 and considers as important for the history of the Italian gay movement. This is a collection of 15 interviews homosexual adolescents aged 15 to 20 years from different regions of Italy.