After 30 years of campaigning, Italy have finally passed a bill that will allow same-sex civil unions. The legislation grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples — the possibility to have the same last name, inheritance, hospital visitation and medical decision-making rights. But it stops short of same-sex marriage. Italy is the last of the European Union's 28 nations to grant legal recognition to civil unions.
Many were hoping the law would go further. "It is lacking full equality, which is what we were asking for," Gabriele Piazzoni, national secretary for Arcigay, tells the AP. "But still, this is a crucial moment."
Still, celebrations have been taking place worldwide, with Michelle and Barack Obama posting a photo of support holding a T-Shirt bearing the slogan “hate won’t win.” It is certainly comforting, after seeing people treat others with such hostility in media this week (a.k.a the angry soul of Azealia Banks) that somewhere love and equality is starting to win winning.
words by Ellie Connor-Phillips
edit by Tori West
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