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The Fight For Marriage Equality In Italy: VIDEO

Pope francis receptive to civil partnerships

The close proximity of Vatican City to the Italian parliament may help to explain why Italy is the only country in Western Europe that provides no legal recognition of same-sex couples, reports Buzzfeed.

However, that situation may be about to change.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis suggested that a time might come when the church would drop its opposition to some form of civil partnership.

In the interview with Corriere della Sera, the pope said that although “marriage is between a man and a woman...we have to look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.” 6a00d8341c730253ef019aff7cea6f970b-300wi

Speaking to Buzzfeed last week, Monsignor Marcel Sánchez Sorondo said while the Catholic Church is against marriage equality, legislation that differentiates between marriage and civil partnerships might be acceptable.

According to a 2013 Pew survey, 74% of Italians said they believed “homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society.” A 2013 Ipsos poll found that 48% of Italians supported full same-sex marriage rights while 31% opposed marriage rights but supported an alternative form of partnership recognition.

Naples recently became the first large city in Italy to start recognizing overseas same-sex marriages after a lower court ordered officials in Grosseto to record an overseas marriage, reports Buzzfeed. However, some LGBT activists worry that the ruling may be no more than symbolic because a Supreme Court order issued last month ordered the annulment of a same-sex marriage. The Constitutional Court later ruled the forced annulment violated the rights of the couple in question. The court also ruled that the marriage remains invalid until the Italian government passes a law recognizing same-sex unions.

However, according to Dina Nerozzi, a psychologist and lay adviser to the Pontifical Council for the Family, marriage equality cannot happen:

“People will fight for that. I mean fight — [we] will take weapons out.”

Watch a report on Corriere della Sera's interview with Pope Francis, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. French government spokesman said it best:
    "it was not the Church's role to oppose the will of the legislature, especially concerning civil marriage in a secular republic."
    Whether it is acceptable to the Vatican or not is irrelevant. No one needs to ask for their approval. Today civil union. Tomorrow will be marriage. It is just a face-saving way to hide their inability to stamp the cultural tide.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 3, 2014 1:44:08 PM

  2. Who cares what the pope says.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 3, 2014 2:53:32 PM

  3. So they'll create a form of marriage-lite for gay couples... and they'll extend it to heterosexual couples as well... all to protect marriage. And, just like the pactes civiles in France, far more straight couples will take advantage of the -lite version.

    stupid, stupid, stupid

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 3, 2014 6:54:37 PM

  4. BOBN:
    Because of the parties of God, same sex marriage probably won't pass in the parliament.
    The gay organizations probably would be happy with what they can get now. Like in France, the slippery slope argument does apply here. In ten or twenty years they will have full marriage.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 3, 2014 7:47:51 PM

  5. Why is this so hard for religious freaks to understand? YOU DO NOT HAVE OWNERSHIP OF MARRIAGE. The pope doesn't go around telling Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, and atheists that they aren't allowed to be married. It's the height of self-absorbed, delusional arrogance to suggest that you should get to decide for EVERYONE ELSE what constitutes "marriage" even when those people do not subscribe to your religious beliefs. Shut the F*** up and die already.

    Posted by: atomic | Jul 4, 2014 2:26:24 PM

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