Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

Staff Reports

ROME, Italy — An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple who married in the United States.

In a decision announced late on Wednesday, the court in the Tuscan city of Grosseto said the town hall had to transcribe the marriage into its records, giving the two men the same rights as a heterosexual married couple, reports Reuters.

The couple, Stefano Bucci, 57, and Stefano Chigiotti, 68, were married in New York in 2012.

Gay rights advocates hailed the move as a first step toward legality in a country where same-sex marriage is prohibited.

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