Faith brought them together, but love gave them the courage to stay together. Two 44-year-old former nuns tied the knot during a civil union ceremony in Italy on Wednesday, in defiance of the Roman Catholic Church’s long-held opposition...Show More Summary
Two former nuns were joined in a civil union in Italy on Wednesday in a ceremony coming only four months after the heavily Catholic country approved same-sex partnerships. Identified only as Isabel and Federica, they met three years ago doing charitable work with drug addicts and gradually fell in love,...
"God wants people happy."
The Associated Press reports: After having remained quiet while Italy debated civil unions for same-sex couples in May, on Sunday Pope Francis expressed support for the Mexican bishops in their efforts to support the “family and life” amid a burgeoning national debate over gay marriage. Show More Summary
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has said she intends to send a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to Congress in the first half of 2017. Same-sex civil unions became legal in Chile last October. RELATED: Chilean President Signs Bill...Show More Summary
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi officiated the first ever same-sex civil union to take place there, three months after a law recognizing them came into effect. Italy became the last European Union member to accept such unions. Luca de Sario, 30, and Francisco Raffaele Villarusso, 43, were initially planning on having their ceremony in Spain. Related: Italy’s [...]
A gay couple became the first in Rome to enter into a civil union over the weekend after Italy voted to legalize same-sex civil unions earlier this year.
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi officiated the city’s first same-sex civil union on Saturday. Luca de Sario and Francisco Raffaele Villarusso had moved to Spain and considered entering into the union there. However, they moved back to Italy after a law all… Read The post Rome Mayor Officiates City’s First Same-Sex Civil Union: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad.
The country's parliament voted to approve changing the civil code on Thursday.
Some pleasant news to end a day otherwise full of hate. Via the Associated Press: Lawmakers in Aruba have voted to grant same-sex couples the right to register their unions and receive benefits granted to married people on the Dutch Caribbean island. Show More Summary
Congratulations to Paolo Bordogna and his manager Adalberto Ruggeri who have tied the knot in Ozzano, near Bologna, within weeks of Italy recognising civil unions. Foto Schicchi
The province is scheduled to vote on gay clergy and blessing civil unions. When the global Anglican Communion censored the Episcopal Church in the United States for redefining marriage eight months ago, it warned that similar actions...Show More Summary
Same-sex couples have begun receiving civil unions in Italy, months after the nation became the last in Western Europe to provide some measure of marriage rights for its LGBT citizenry. Same-sex civil units were finally approved by Italy’s parl… Read The post Gay Civil Unions Have Begun Taking Place in Italy – PHOTOS, VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.
The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, a collection of small North Atlantic islands, held a non-binding referendum on marriage equality and same-sex civil unions on Thursday. The Royal Gazette reported today that voters rejected both options by 69 percent and 63 percent, respectively. Show More Summary
A large majority of voters in Bermuda rejected same-sex marriage and civil unions in a referendum held yesterday. Sixty-nine percent voted against same-sex marriage while 63 percent voted against civil unions. However, The Royal Gazette reports that… Read The post Large Majority Reject Bermuda Same-Sex Marriage in Voter Referendum: VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.
The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, a collection of small North Atlantic islands, will hold a non-binding referendum on marriage equality and same-sex civil unions on Thursday. Since the results will be non-binding, the government will not be required to take action based on the results. Show More Summary
But the bishops are silent on the Church’s teaching against homosexuality, and some even suggest same-sex civil unions as an alternative.
Pope Francis said this week that Catholic public officials should not be obliged to celebrate same-sex marriages or civil unions. His comments come a week after Italy became the last country in Western Europe to provide for same-sex civil partnership… Read The post Pope Francis: Catholic Officials Should Be Allowed To Opt Out Of Same-Sex Marriages appeared first on Towleroad.
The bill passed with 369 votes in favor and 193 against.
A group of mostly right-wing lawmakers in Italy have said they intend to hold a referendum to overturn same-sex civil unions, approved earlier this week. Members of Silvio Berlusconi‘s Forza Italia, the far-right Northern League and various oth… Read The post Italian Right Wing Conservatives Plan Referendum to Overturn Civil Unions Legislation: VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.