Italians rally for gay civil unions

AAP | Herald Sun | January 23, 2016

Thousands of Italians have rallied across the country in support of gay civil unions.


Thousands of Italians have taken to the streets in support of gay civil unions as the battle over legal recognition for homosexual couples heats up ahead of a bill to be debated in parliament.

“Wake up Italy, it’s time to be civilised,” was the slogan chosen for rallies in almost 100 towns and cities on Saturday in the only major country in the West not to give same-sex couples any legal recognition or protection on issues from pensions to parenthood.

“In Italy people think that there are those who are allowed to have rights and those who aren’t,” said Liliana Rizzo, a member of a gay parents’ association, at a rally outside the Pantheon in central Rome.

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