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Italian premier says will tackle same-sex civil unions

'I see good will on the part of all' says Letta

18 December, 20:30
Italian premier says will tackle same-sex civil unions (ANSA) - Rome, December 18 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta on Wednesday told reporters his government intends to take on the issue of legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

''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.

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