Italian premier says will tackle same-sex civil unions
'I see good will on the part of all' says Letta18 December, 20:30
''We will tackle all the issues, including this one. I see good will on the part of all'', Letta told public broadcaster RAI evening news.
Currently, 22 of the 51 countries in Europe recognize some form of same-sex union, with a majority of EU members among them.
Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden legally recognize same-sex marriage. In the UK, a law covering England and Wales only will take effect in 2014.
Civil union is a legally recognized form of partnership that affords the couple rights, benefits, and responsibilities similar to those of legally married couples.