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Italian Supreme Court rules on gay-family rights

'Parliament must respond' say activists

15 March, 16:25
Italian Supreme Court rules on gay-family rights (ANSA) - Rome, March 15 - Italy's highest court made a ruling on gay-family rights Thursday which activists said should push the government to revise Italy's ban on gay marriage. In its first case regarding a gay couple who wed abroad, the Supreme Court rejected their appeal to be recognized legally in Italy yet said the two men still had the "right to a family life". "Today's Supreme Court judgement is important," said Fabrizio Marrazzo, spokesman for activist group Gay Center. "The ruling says that gay couples must also enjoy the same legal rights as any heterosexual couple. The words are clear and sharp. Parliament and the government must give an answer".

The ruling said current law made it illegal to recognize gay marriage in Italy, but the "social context in Europe has changed significantly".

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