• Italy's news in English
 

Italy to begin civil union debate in September

The Local · 17 Jun 2014, 10:35

Published: 17 Jun 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jun 2014 10:35 GMT+02:00

Renzi was quoted in La Repubblica on Tuesday saying “gay rights will be the same as those for married heterosexual couples.”

In a move the newspaper described as the “rainbow revolution”, gay couples could be entitled to benefits including inheritance guarantees, welfare assistance and be able to claim a deceased partner’s pension.

The marriages of gay couples who wed abroad would also be officially registered.

The proposals have been inspired by both the UK and Germany’s civil partnership model, the newspaper said.

However, the Italian model will likely differ when it comes to adoption: a partner will only be able to adopt the child of the natural parent in the union should he or she die.

Rights for gay couples formed part of Renzi’s campaign during the Democratic Party’s primary elections last year.

“We must now achieve this commitment,” he was quoted in Il Giornale as saying, adding that “there will be no second thoughts.”

Monica Cirinnà, a Democratic Party senator who sits on the Justice Commission, said a number of proposals have been brought together in two sets of text, which will be put to the Senate.

Ivan Scalfattorotto, the party’s vice president, welcomed the proposals but said, “In an ideal world, Italy would also recognize gay marriage.”

The gay politician was also quoted in La Repubblica as saying the debate on an anti-homophobia bill, which was put to the Senate last year but is yet to be made law, should also be revived.

A report in May revealed that Italy lags far behind in Europe when it comes to gay rights.

READ MORE HERE: Italy lags far behind in Europe on gay rights

Meanwhile, Malta has made the greatest leap in recent times: in April, the government voted to allow same-sex couples to enter civil unions and adopt children. The country has also banned discrimination against transgender people.
 

For more news from Italy, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.it)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Migrant crisis
Italy arrests ten over migrant boat deaths
The arrests follow statements made by survivors rescued from the same migrant boat. Photo: Marcello Paternostro/AFP

Italy arrests ten over migrant boat deaths

18 hours ago

Italian authorities said Friday they had arrested ten suspected people smugglers in connection with the death by asphyxiation of 52 people who had been forced to remain in the hold of a migrant boat on which 52 people asphyxiated.

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing
Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families. Photo: Filippo Monteforte

Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

19 hours ago

Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday.

Venice Film Festival
Jonathan Demme to get Venice award
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme. Photo: Gabriel Buoys/AFP

Jonathan Demme to get Venice award

20 hours ago

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organizers announced on Friday.

UK police probe death of Italian restaurant owner
35-year-old Fabio Cabitza reportedly fell from the window of a flat in Homerton, east London. Photo: Raffaele

UK police probe death of Italian restaurant owner

21 hours ago

British police are investigating the suspicious death of an Italian restaurant owner, who died after falling from the third floor of a flat in London early on Wednesday morning.

Migrant crisis
Up to 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster
Two of the migrants rescued in the tragedy. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Up to 200 feared dead in latest migrant disaster

22 hours ago

Up to 200 people are feared to have died off the coast of Libya in the latest tragedy to strike migrants fleeing conflict in the hope of finding safety in Europe.

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees
Mayor Arturo Cerulli converted to Islam 27 years ago. Photo: Arturo Cerulli

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees

23 hours ago

UPDATED: A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees.

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of child abuse trial
Former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski (C) has died ahead of his trial for child abuse. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP

Ex-archbishop dies ahead of child abuse trial

1 day ago

UPDATED: Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, was found dead on Friday.

Migrant crisis
'I stopped counting': Doctor on migrant dead
A rescued migrant on Wednesday. Photo: Marcello Paternostro/AFP

'I stopped counting': Doctor on migrant dead

1 day ago

Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water - it's a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won't soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya.

Ostia council dissolved over mafia fears
The Italian government has dissolve Ostia district council over mafia fears. Photo: Andrea Vanni

Ostia council dissolved over mafia fears

1 day ago

A district council in southern Rome has been dissolved due to concerns over mafia infiltration, Italy's interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced after a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Italian base jumper dies in Swiss Alps
The Italian man died will base jumping in in Gastern valley, in the central canton of Berne. Photo: Kecko

Italian base jumper dies in Swiss Alps

1 day ago

A 46-year-old Italian plunged to his death in the Swiss Alps on Thursday after crashing onto rocks during a base jump, the second such accident in Switzerland in under a year, police said.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

Travel
Ten adventurous ways to see Italy
Education
Fewer Italians want to be doctors
Sport
Nibali kicked off Tour of Spain for hitching a lift
Features
Italy's best-kept secrets: 10 must-see places
Italy wants answers on mobster's flashy funeral
National
The neglected children of Italy's domestic workers
National
Doggy bags: The last Italian taboo?
Travel
Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die
Travel
How bad mannered tourists are riling Venice
National
Italy slammed for 'faking' Roman ruin
National
10 Italian dishes with truly disgusting names
National
Italian park held hostage by 'veggie' panther
National
Lost pensioner survives on herbs for nine days
National
Italian mum and daughter reunited after WWII
Five 'ghost' buildings that cost Italy dearly
National
Pompeii survives bumpy restoration saga
National
Italian town warns people to 'stop dying'
National
Why Italy's south is far better than the north
Rome 'too crowded' for more migrants: mayor
Politics
Italy's anti-establishment party 'ready to govern'
Sport
Rome rules out using Vatican for Olympic bid
National
Italy's south is worse off than Greece
National
What happens to Italy’s missing migrant kids?
National
Rome mayor fights for survival amid chaos
National
Six dodgy fashion trends to emerge from Italy
National
Is Italy about to legalize cannabis?
National
Rome's 'decay' prompts council reshuffle
Business & Money
Chinese are quaffing more Italian wine
Travel
Seven daft TripAdvisor comments about Italy
National
Italian town bans dog barking during naptime
National
Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends
National
Italy told to recognize same-sex couple rights
National
Migrant girl dies after insulin thrown in sea
National
Heatwave kills 140 pensioners in Piedmont
National
Treviso homeowners burn migrants' furniture
National
Tourists in hot water for Rome fountain dips
Migrants rush to help after Venice tornado
Politics
Isis steps up campaign with Italy consulate hit
National
Paolini tweets 'sorry' for cocaine shame
Travel
Where and how to take a great selfie in Italy
National
Venice tornado captured on video
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,206
jobs available