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Deputy premier rejects proposal for civil partnerships

'Families must come first' says Alfano, New Centre Right chief

03 January, 14:41
Deputy premier rejects proposal for civil partnerships (ANSA) - Rome, January 3 - Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Friday struck down the idea of making the legal recognition of civil partnerships - including same-sex unions - part of a pact for future government policy.

"It is impossible to consider civil partnerships without first considering families," said the minister and leader of the New Centre Right (NCD), a coalition partner in Enrico Letta's left-right government.

On Thursday, Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, leader of Letta's own Democratic Party (PD), proposed putting civil rights - including civil partnerships - at the centre of a future policy agreement. Alfano also took issue with another suggestion by Renzi for an overhaul of the 2001 Bossi-Fini immigration law, which critics say puts the emphasis on law and order at the expense of the rights of migrants. "Italians' safety must not be messed around with," he said.