Forty Senators in civil unions Constitutional Court appeal

Conservatives allege their parliamentary rights violated

(ANSA) - Rome, February 4 - Forty conservative Senators announced Thursday they will file a Constitutional Court appeal alleging their parliamentary rights were violated during debate of the government's civil unions bill regulating gay partnerships. The lawmakers said Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso from the ruling Democratic Party (PD) failed to respect procedure. The appeal was signed by Carlo Giovanardi from the New Center Right (NCD) party, a junior member in the governing left-right coalition, by former reforms minister Gaetano Quagliariello, founder of an NCD splinter party called Identity and Action (IDEA), former defence minister Mario Mauro from Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party, and others.


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