- by theguardian
- 31 Mar 2023
Italy legalised same-sex civil unions in 2016, but opposition from the Catholic church meant it stopped short of granting gay couples the right to adopt.
Decisions have instead been made on a case-by-case basis by the courts, as parents take legal action, although some local authorities decided to act unilaterally.
But its centre-left mayor, Giuseppe Sala, revealed this week that this had stopped after the interior ministry sent a letter insisting that the courts must decide.
Elena Schlein, the newly elected leader of the centre-left Democratic party, was among opposition politicians who attended the protest Saturday, where many campaigners rallied against the new government.
The prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, whose far-right Brothers of Italy party came top in September elections, puts a strong emphasis on traditional family values.
Earlier this week, a Senate committee voted against an EU plan to oblige member states to recognise the rights of same-sex parents granted elsewhere in the bloc.
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