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Pope Francis to lunch with gay, transgender, HIV positive prison inmates

Friday, March 20, 2015
Pope Francis
The Italian news site Vatican Insider reports the Pontiff will lunch with about 90 prisoners on Saturday as as part of a day trip to Southern Italy. [...]

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Italy’s highest appeals court rejects same‑sex marriage

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Italy's highest appeals court on Monday rejected same-sex marriage, saying there was nothing in the Constitution that requires the government to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. [...]

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Court in Italy grants legal status to child born to same-sex couple

Thursday, January 8, 2015
A court in Italy has, for the first time, recognized the legal status of a child born to a same-sex couple. [...]

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Former Italian premier promotes legalizing same-sex civil unions in Italy

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
ROME -- Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage. In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy's largest center-right party told reporters Thursday that allowing civil unions by gays would be the "right compromise" [...]

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Rome mayor registers 16 gay marriages in open defiance of Italy’s government

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Rome gay marriages
ROME -- The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad in open defiance of Italy's government. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations [...]

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Italian mayor wants to ban public kissing between same-sex couples

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Gianluca Buonanno
The mayor of the town of Borgosesia in northern Italy, says he wants to ban public displays of affection between members of the same-sex. Gianluca Buonanno, a member of the Italian parliament for the right-wing Northern League party, has proposed that same-sex couples who kiss in public be fined 500 [...]

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Former Italian Prime Minister comes out in support of LGBT rights

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a rare public statement Sunday indicating his support of LGBT rights, according to Italian media reports. “The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,” Berlusconi said, according to La [...]

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Gay son comes out over pasta in Italy’s first LGBT-friendly TV commercial

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
A frozen food company in Italy has produced what is believed to be the first gay-friendly television commercial in the European country often entrenched in homophobia. In the commercial from Findus Foods, a man named Luca and his mother bond over microwaved pasta cooked by Luca’s boyfriend. [...]

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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ROME, Italy -- An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States. [...]

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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. [...]

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