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Denunciation of surrogacy as 'sex crime' heats up Italian debate on civil unions

January 08, 2016

The Italian people expect their lawmakers to pass legislation allowing for registration of civil unions, argues Laura Boldrini, the speaker of the Senate, and “we mustn’t disappoint them.”

A bid to enact civil-union legislation faces lively opposition from Catholic political activists, who have argued that the measure would open the way for same-sex adoption and surrogate parenthood. Italy’s interior minister, Angelino Alfano, escalated the debate when he suggested that surrogacy should be treated as a sex crime. In an interview with Avvenire, Alfano said that the hiring of surrogate mothers is “the most vile, illegal trade that man has invented.”


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 08, 2016 10:52 PM ET USA

    Sorry Boldrini, your obamaspeak doesn't sell as a great many Italian people expect their lawmakers to NOT pass such legislation; it's tough to optimistic though since ordinary people's wishes are trampled by such.