Milan - The newly elected secretary of Italian Democratic Party
On Sunday 15 December 2013 the newly elected secretary of Italian Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, proposed the recognition of same-sex relationships.
Yesterday at the General Assembly of the Democratic Party, the main Italian center-left party, in Milan, Renzi pledged to slash the costs of Italian politics and to approve a new electoral law.
On December 8, 2013, Italians overwhelmingly voted for Renzi at the Democratic Party leadership election; Renzi backed Civil partnerships and step-child adoption while the others candidates expressed different opinions on the issue.
The Civil partnership bill, which is not yet published, will allow straight and gay couples to register their partnership before the Registrar of Marriage and Births. The bill will amend the Italian Civil Code and provide the same rights and obligations of marriage.
Due to the most conservative wing of the Italian Government the bill will not provide adoption rights (even stepchild adoption). Further expansions of the bill will be considered in the future.
In the coming days the bill will be published and according to Renzi will be approved next year.
In these days the Justice Committee of the Italian Senate is considering different bills on the recognition of same-sex relationships - 2 will open marriage to same-sex couples and 3 will establish registered partnerships for straight and gay couples.
Only two Italian parties back Marriage Equality, Sel and the Five Star Movement of Beppe Grillo; Sel leader, Nichi Vendola is openly gay and the Governor of Apulia.
According to last the poll 77% of Italian backs the recognition of same-sex relationships.