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Italy: Thousands rally against proposed same-sex marriage bill in Rome02:31

Italy: Thousands rally against proposed same-sex marriage bill in Rome

Italy, Rome
January 30, 2016 at 17:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands gathered at the ancient chariot racing stadium Circo Massimo in Rome, on Saturday, to protest against the proposals for same-sex marriage bill scheduled to be discussed in the Italian Senate next week.

The rally opposing this draft legislation has been titled a "Family Day" and has received the support of Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the President of the Italian Bishops' Conference and right-wing organisations such as CasaPound.

The bill puts forward proposals for a civil union that would give homosexual couples many of the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts under Italian law; these rights include taking on a partner's name and, in some cases, the inheritance of a partner's residual pension. One of the rights that this bill would permit is the adoption of a partner's child or children, which demonstrators at this rally oppose.

If the bill is passed, Italy will shake off its status as the only major Western European country without any form of same-sex civil union or marriage.

Italy: Thousands rally against proposed same-sex marriage bill in Rome02:31
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Thousands gathered at the ancient chariot racing stadium Circo Massimo in Rome, on Saturday, to protest against the proposals for same-sex marriage bill scheduled to be discussed in the Italian Senate next week.

The rally opposing this draft legislation has been titled a "Family Day" and has received the support of Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the President of the Italian Bishops' Conference and right-wing organisations such as CasaPound.

The bill puts forward proposals for a civil union that would give homosexual couples many of the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts under Italian law; these rights include taking on a partner's name and, in some cases, the inheritance of a partner's residual pension. One of the rights that this bill would permit is the adoption of a partner's child or children, which demonstrators at this rally oppose.

If the bill is passed, Italy will shake off its status as the only major Western European country without any form of same-sex civil union or marriage.

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