A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships. Giancarlo Galan is confident that he will receive support from colleagues within ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. “In the PdL, there are many who think like me…Then there are others who do not want to expose themselves, but I have confidence”, Mr Galan, chairman of the House Committee on Culture, said in a television interview on Monday.
In related news, Rome Mayoral candidate Ignazio Marino, who supports civil partnerships, is leading the race. Pink News reports:
A candidate in the race for the mayoral seat in the Italian city of Rome, who promised to introduce same-sex civil unions in the city, has led in the poll by a wide margin, and will now go to a run-off on 9 and 10 June. Ignazio Marino, of the Democratic Party, who is a Senator and a surgeon, said earlier this month that he would introduce the appropriate measures to allow civil unions in the city.
Finally things are moving in Italy on recognition for same-sex couples.