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Palermo awards foster custody to gay couple

Second such case in two months

14 January, 18:25
Palermo awards foster custody to gay couple (ANSA) - Palermo, January 14 - A court for minors in the Sicilian city of Palermo has awarded temporary foster care of a 16-year-old to a gay couple, the city announced Tuesday. The gender of the teen was not made known. In November a court in Bologna made the same decision for a three-year-old in Bologna, awarding custody to a gay couple close to the girl's family. Under Italian legislation, only married couples are entitled to adopt while temporary foster care can be given to any 'family community' formed by two people acting as parents or by a single person.

Last January Italy's supreme court, the Cassation, recognized the right of gays to become foster parents.

Gay marriage is not recognized in Italy.