People tend to think of Italy in romantic terms – amore, amore, amore. This is NOT the case for same-sex couples. Italy has not legalized same-sex unions. Is Italy a Republic or does it answer to the Vatican state?
European Court Defends Italy’s LGBTI (July 21, 2015)
Italy violates human rights by failing to offer enough legal protection for same-sex couples, a European court has ruled. Italy is in breach of Article 8- “the right to respect for private and family life – of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Granted a small number of municipalities in Italy allow local civil unions, but there is a national ban on same-sex marriage and the benefits of the existing proviso.
Italy’s Refusal to Marry Same-Sex Couples
Judges said the government had breached the rights of three gay couples by refusing them marriage or any other recognised form of union.
Italy is the only major Western European country with no civil partnerships or gay marriage.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has long promised to pass a law on civil unions.
By failing to introduce new legislation, his government failed to “provide for the core needs relevant to a couple in a stable committed relationship,” the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday.