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Top Italian court finds no constitutional right to same-sex marriage

February 10, 2015

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Italy’s top appeals court has rejected a plea for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

The Court of Cassation ruled that nothing in Italy’s constitution requires government recognition of same-sex marriage. The court said, however, that same-sex couples have a right to the same protection of law as other unmarried couples.

Italy does not currently allow for civil unions or registration of same-sex partnerships on a national level, although some cities register such unions.


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