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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- 'Italians expect law on civil unions,' Boldrini says (ANSA)
- 'Surrogacy is like a sex crime': Italy minister (AFP)
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