Italian Town Votes to Recognize Gay Marriage

The city council of Latina, a small commune in central Italy, has voted in favor of a motion to support the recognition of a same-sex couple’s marriage.

Agere per Formulas reports:

Garullo ottocentoAntonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento [pictured] were the first Italian gay couple to be married more than 10 years ago in Holland. In 2004 they asked the Ufficio dello Stato Civile of the Comune of Latina to register their marriage but their application was turned down. So the couple sued theComune of Latina, but in 2005 the Tribunale of latina rejected their complaint. Then they appealed the Court decision to the Court of Appeal of Rome where they found a second denial. Eventually the couple appealed the second negative decision to the Supreme Court of Cassation. In 2012 this court rejected their appeal but delivered a landmark opinion for LGBT rights. That Court said that the Italian laws should treat gay and straight couple equally. 

Antonio and Mario asked the Comune of Latina to record their marriage on April 15 and this afternoon the Council of the Latina approved in a 14-2 vote (1 absentee) a motion in support of the record of their marriage.

The motion is addressed to the Italian Government, which will decide whether or not the commune of Latina can register the marriage. 


  1. UFFDA says

    Good for Antonio and Garullo. Persistence is creating their own Appian Way, a road to be traveled by many because of their efforts.

  2. pete n sfo says

    How does their Supreme Court deliver a denial & a demand for equal treatment under law?

    Italian justice seems more infuriating that even the American system.

  3. Robin says

    The Italian justice system does not have judicial review or “lawmaking” power as the American system. They don’t really have a Supreme Court, their Court of Cassation just has to make sure the law is applied correctly in a particular case.

  4. simon says

    They don’t need one. God is the ultimate judge. 2000 years of tradition can’t be wrong.