John M. Becker

Italy's Top Court Rejects Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | February 11, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Italy, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

Italy-flag.jpgThe Supreme Court of Cassation -- the highest court of appeal in Italy -- has rejected same-sex marriage, Italian wire service ANSA reports:

Italy's highest appeals court on Monday rejected same-sex marriage, saying there was nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to gays. However, the Cassation Court added that homosexuals have the right to a "protective" law that would ensure same-sex couples have the same rights as unmarried Italian couples. Neither same-sex marriage nor civil unions between same-sex partners are legally recognized in Italy but some cities, including Rome, have a civil union register.

Italy is the only nation in Western Europe without any form of relationship recognition whatsoever for same-sex couples.

h/t: Joe. My. God.

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