Here’s what Italians think of the gay unions bill

Here's what Italians think of the gay unions bill
What do Italians make of the civil unions bill? Photo: The Local
With the Italian govermment set to vote on the civil unions bill this week, The Local takes to the streets to discover why the bill is so divisive.

On Saturday, thousands of people gathered in squares across Italy to ask the government to extend rights to same-sex couples.

The protests came ahead of a long-awaited civil unions bill, which parliament will begin debating on Thursday. But the issue has divided opinion across the political spectrum.

Even members of the same political parties hold wildly different views about whether the bill should be passed. 

But what do ordinary Italians think of the bill? And why is it so controversial?