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Bishop says state should recognise gay couples

Sicilian prelate breaks with Vatican line

12 January, 19:53
Bishop says state should recognise gay couples (ANSA) - Ragusa, January 12 - An Italian bishop broke with the Vatican line Thursday and said the state should recognise gay couples.

"When two people, even if they're the same sex, decide to live together, it's important for the State to recognise this fact," said Paolo Urso, bishop of the Sicilian city of Ragusa.

"But it must be called something different from marriage," Msgr Urso added.

photo: a gay-marriage demo in Rome
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