Italy Passes "Watered-Down" Civil Unions Bill


Italy’s senate has passed a bill that finally recognises same-sex couples, but snubs same-sex parenting and adoption rights.


The same-sex civil unions bill was approved by a vote of 173-71, and now same-sex couples in Italy can enjoy the same tax breaks, pension entitlements, and decision making on medical matters.

Initially, the bill allowed same-sex couples to adopt their partner’s biological child, but in order to secure the bill’s passage, the “step-child adoption” clause was dropped.

While the passing of the bill is historic for the Catholic country, LGBT activists are condemning the senate and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for amending the draft to exclude adoption rights for same-sex couples. The bill was amended in order to compromise with Catholic lawmakers who were strongly opposing the bill.

The bill was drafted in response to the European Court of Human Rights criticising Italy for it’s lack of legal protection for same-sex couples.
Many have acknowledged that this is a step towards full recognition in Italy, but they are disappointed with the “diluted” final bill.


“We are outraged, angry, disappointed,” said Marilena Grassadonia, president of Rainbow Families, the Italian association of gay and lesbian parents.

“We can’t believe that in 2016 … in a country like Italy which is so proud to be part of this Europe, that it’s possible to make a law on civil unions without considering children who should be protected as Italian citizens and discriminated minors.”

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