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Less than half of Italians support gay marriage, says Istat

Only 20% agree with homosexual couples adopting

17 May, 12:18
Less than half of Italians support gay marriage, says Istat (ANSA) - Rome, May 17 - Most Italians believe that gay couples living together should have the same rights as heterosexual ones, but less than half think they should be allowed to marry, Istat said on Thursday.

The national statistics agency said 43.9% of Italians agreed with gay marriage in the results of a study released on the International Day against Homophobia.

Same-sex marriages are not legal in predominantly Catholic Italy.

Istat added that only 20% of Italians thought gay couples should be allowed to adopt children.

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