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Italy Recognizes Gay Unions

Italy joined the rest of the European Union on Wednesday and granted legal recognition to gay civil unions, overcoming fierce opposition from the powerful Catholic Church. The vote in the lower house of parliament was 372 to 51, with 99 abstentions. The senate gave its approval in February. Italy was the last of the 28 EU members to recognize gay unions, but gay marriage is still banned in the country. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on his Facebook page that Wednesday was...

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