The world’s oldest republic just legalized same-sex civil unions


The Republic of San Marino, a tiny microstate on the Italian peninsula, has legalized civil unions. The status will be available to both straight and gay couples.

The Great and General Council voted 40 to 4 to pass the Regulation of Civil Unions law. Four representatives abstained.

It’s quite a leap for the tiny country. Until six years ago, the country had a law forbidding same-sex couples from living together.

It took lawmakers almost a year to pass the bill after introduction and legislative wrangling. The date of implementation isn’t clear.

San Marino is the oldest republic in the world; it was founded in AD 301.┬áThe country’s constitution was written in the 16th century and is still in effect.

The extremely wealthy country has the smallest population of all European countries.


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