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Italian court recognizes a same-sex marriage, stirring new controversy

Catholic World News - April 11, 2014

An Italian court has recognized a same-sex marriage, rousing new hopes among gay-rights activists for a change in the country’s law.

The court in Grosseto granted recognition to the union of a same-sex couple who had married in another country. Grosseto’s Mayor Emilio Bonifazi quickly said that the city would “conform immediately to the court’s decision without opposition.”

The Italian Catholic bishops’ conference, however, issued a statement decrying the decision, saying that “one of the fundamental pillars of the institution of marriage is likely to be swept away, one that is rooted in our cultural tradition, and is recognized and guaranteed in our constitution.”

To date, efforts to gain government recognition of same-sex marriage have failed to gain adequate political support in Italy.

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