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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.”

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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.


Legal Victories For Gay Parents Across The Globe: Roundup

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Last week, gay parents in three different nations celebrated several significant wins within the court systems of their respective countries. The courts granted fundamental custodial rights to gay families in Colombia, Italy and Switzerland.

On Thursday, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled that Veronica Botero could legally adopt the biological child of her lesbian partner, Ana Leiderman. Five years ago, Leiderman underwent artificial insemination to have the child, whom her partner helped raise since birth. The AFP news agency reports:

With six votes for and three abstentions, the court ruled that Leiderman, who underwent artificial insemination to conceive her daughter and raised her together with Botero, had the right to request an adoption by her partner regardless of sex.

"The court considered that the discriminatory criterion the administrative authority had used to deny the adoption procedure... was unacceptable in this case, which involves a consensual adoption in which the biological father or mother consents to an adoption by his or her permanent partner," said chief justice Luis Ernesto Vargas Silva.

This ruling, however, does not allow adoption by gay couples in cases wherein neither is the biological parent of the child.

Meanwhile in Italy, a court in that country also ruled that a woman could adopt the biological child of her partner. The online news site The Local reports:

In this case, the non-biological parent was allowed to adopt the child due to a clause in Article 44 of Italy’s adoption law of 1983, which prioritises “the best interest of the child in order to maintain the emotional relationship and cohabi-tation with the ‘social’ parent,” Pili added, such as the person who has raised the child other than the biological parent.

“This particular article of adoption law does not discriminate between heterosexual and homosexual parents,” she said

The court ruling was described as an “historic step for our country” by the gay rights group, Mario Mieli Society for Gay Culture.

In Switzerland, a court in the northern part of that country has ruled that a gay couple are legally the parents of a child born to the men via surrogate in California. 

The American birth certificate was based on a California court decision by which the surrogate mother and her husband abandoned their parental responsibilities for the newborn. The Saint Gallen cantonal department responsible for births and marriages supported the two men but the Swiss federal justice department appealed the canton’s decision, which brought the case to court.

The court ruling dated August 19th partially recognized one concern of the justice department by requiring the genetic parentage of the child to be registered as part of the birth certificate. However, in its decision the court clearly recognizes the two men as fathers. “The administrative court recognized the judgment from the United States,” Karin Hochl, the lawyer for the gay couple told SDA.

This ruling can be appealed and then brought to the Swiss Supreme Court. No word yet if there are plans to do so.


Italy: Waiter Writes 'Faggots' On Gay Customers' Receipt

Four gay men in Italy were handed a restaurant bill which had “I warn you they’re faggots” printed on it, reports Brindidi Oggi.it.

The insult - "mi raccomando so ricchioni" - was inserted on the itemized bill between the pizzas and drinks. Faggot written on bill in Italy

"Ricchioni" is a derogatory term meaning "queer" or "faggot."

Speaking to Brindisioggi.it , one of the men said that he would never return to the restaurant in Taranto, Puglia again despite the waiter having been sacked.

"We went to the owner of the restaurant to ask for an explanation. He was speechless and apologized on behalf of the waiter. The next day he contacted us to apologize again and to say that the waiter had been dismissed. But we will not be back in that place again."

Earlier this year, a gay couple were told not to come back when leaving a restaurant in Pittsburgh. A waitress at Big Earl's Restaurant in the Iron City told Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelly Williams “we don't serve fags here.”


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