28 October 2015
Over in in Europe an Italian court earlier this week ruled that same-sex couples who got married abroad can’t have their marriages registered in Italy.
Seen inside the scope of Italian politics the decision by the Counsel of State, Italy’s highest administrative court, has overturned the decision by a lower court which backed the move of the cities that decided to register the marriages of gay and lesbian couples performed overseas throwing what is actually law and what not into chaos.
In the past, and because Italy has no legal framework for same-sex unions, a number of Mayors and city officials in cities including Rome, Naples and Milan had gone ahead to recognize same-sex marriages despite threats from the government not to do so.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, who last year issued an order banning the practice, had therefore taken the matter to the courts.
Foreign ministry undersecretary Benedetto Della Vedova said the latest ruling was ‘a victory for none and a defeat for all.’ He added that Italy ‘remains at the starting post with regards to gay rights, which urgently need to be regulated.’
Italy is the only major country in Western Europe that does not recognize either gay marriage or civil unions.
The Italian parliament is currently examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples which has met fierce opposition from Catholic conservative quarters while marriage equality advocates have called the bill a poor compromise.