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Rome, Italy City Council Votes to Establish Register for Civil Unions

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Rome's City Council approved the establishment of a register for civil unions on Thursday in a vote of 32-10 with one abstention, The Local reports:

MarinoThe long-awaited move was welcomed by (Mayor Ignazio) Marino (pictured) as aligning the Italian capital with European countries that already recognize gay unions.

“Today the capital of Italy gives a signal that, in this city, love is equal for everyone,” the mayor said in an online statement.

A spokesman for city hall was not immediately available to clarify whether same-sex couples will be afford greater rights under the measure. The local-level decision stands at odds with national legislation, which provides no legal framework for gay unions.

The register will automatically include same-sex unions legalized abroad, WIR reports:

The legislation was backed by the Partito Democratico (PD) mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino and his centre-left coalition, the anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) and Sinistra Ecologia Libertà (SEL) but was opposed by centre-right parties Nuovo Centrodestra (NCD), Forza Italia (FI) and Fratelli d'Italia (FdI).


Here's a Gay Italian Love Story to Awaken Your Inner Romeo: MUSIC VIDEO

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Italian independent filmmaker and Towleroad reader Roberto Laureri sends along a short film he shot set to the Italian classic "Estate" by Bruno Martino, which has become an internationally-known jazz standard (some may know the performance done by João Gilberto).

The track is about the memories of a lost love, and many of us have been there, though the clip may have you entertaining thoughts of running off to Europe to find one of your own.

Writes Laureri to Towleroad: "I shot this video in Italy to express the simplicity about love, how it's the same for every one."

Watch the gorgeous video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rome Mayor Registers 16 Gay Marriages in Defiance of Italian Law: VIDEO

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Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino registered 16 gay marriages into city books today in defiance of Italian law, Bloomberg reports:

2_marino“Today is a special day that I hope will soon become a normal day,” Marino posted on his social media account along with pictures of himself wearing the mayor’s sash, posing with the smiling couples and their families inside Rome’s city hall. “How can you not call this love?” he asked in another post.

The move is controversial for a country that does not recognize same-sex unions of any kind. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano immediately responded through his own social media account, saying the mayor’s transcriptions weren’t valid.

“According to Italian law, this is not possible,” Alfano posted. “Marino’s signature can’t be a substitute for the law, all he did was give these very respectable couples his autograph.”

Watch videos of the event, as well as a "pro-family" protest outside, AFTER THE JUMP...

Marino had promised at the 20th anniversary of the first Rome Gay Parade in June that he would approve a civil union register and registration of gay marriages performed abroad.

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Neil Patrick Harris' Italian Wedding Had Fireworks, Elton John and Kelly Clarkson: VIDEO

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Neil Patrick Harris sat down with David Letterman to share some more intimate details about his recent wedding to longtime partner David Burtka in Italy. Harris talked about Sir Elton John's performance, his and David's first dance to Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and the perfectly timed fireworks that took the couple's breath away.

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Court of Appeal of Florence Reverses Lower Ruling on Italy's First Recognized Gay Marriage

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The Court of Appeal of Florence has reversed an April ruling that recognized a gay couple as married for the first time in Italy, AFP reports:

ChigiottiThe Court of Appeal reversed the lower decision of judge Paolo Cesare Otatti due to a problem of "standings". According to the Court, the couple - Giuseppe and Stefano - would have appointed the Mayor as the defendant and not the Comune (County) and this mistake could have been solved if the Mayor of Grosseto, Emilio Bonifazi (Democratic Party), had appeared before the Court. Now the case is remanded to the District Court of Grosseto.

Joseph Chigiotti and Stefano Bucci, the couple at the center of the case, were married in New York in 2012 but had been denied registration in Italy following their marriage.

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Bologna, Italy Begins Formal Recognition Of Foreign Same-Sex Marriages, Catholic Church Calls It 'Surprise Attack'

Giovanni_silvagniThe city of Bologna, Italy instated a formal recognition policy on Monday for all out-of-country same-sex marriages, and the Catholic church is not pleased. The diocese for the city described the move as a "surprise attack" and the church is urging city politicians to rethink the decision.

Gazzetta del Sud reports:

After a decree came into effect Monday, allowing gay couples to have their marriages abroad added to Bologna's civil register, Monsignor Giovanni Silvagni denounced the move. "These are sensitive subjects that are dealt with slogan attacks and and an approach a bit ideological", said Silvagni. He said that "haste and approximation are always bad ideas....imposing thoughts that are slightly weak and young, not sufficiently matured or tested..."

In contrast, Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said he would follow Bologna's lead and start the process in Italy's capital city "for the recognition of marriages contracted abroad, both heterosexual and homosexual couples."

Two couples had already filed applications for recognition on Monday, but prefect Ennio Mario Sodano has asked Bologna's mayor to withdraw said marriages from recognition.


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