Italy: Central Italian Town Votes for Marriage Equality

Written by scott on April 19th, 2014

Antonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento

A small town just south of Rome has voted to support recognition of a same sex couple’s wedding. reports:

Antonio Garullo and Mario Ottocento [pictured] were the first Italian gay couple to be married more than 10 years ago in Holland. In 2004 they asked the Ufficio dello Stato Civile of the Comune of Latina to register their marriage but their application was turned down. So the couple sued theComune of Latina, but in 2005 the Tribunale of latina rejected their complaint. Then they appealed the Court decision to the Court of Appeal of Rome where they found a second denial. Eventually the couple appealed the second negative decision to the Supreme Court of Cassation. In 2012 this court rejected their appeal but delivered a landmark opinion for LGBT rights. That Court said that the Italian laws should treat gay and straight couple equally. Antonio and Mario asked the Comune of Latina to record their marriage on April 15 and this afternoon the Council of the Latina approved in a 14-2 vote (1 absentee) a motion in support of the record of their marriage.

It’s now up to the Italian Government to decide whether to approve Latina’s request.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. The report, including the headline, is somewhat misleading.

    As explained in “Equal Human Rights and Civil Rights for All Persons, No Matter Their Gender, No Matter Their Sexual Orientation: A Newsletter” (

    The certificates of marriage lawfully issued to same-gender couples outside Italy, even if RECORDED in Italian civil registries (the newsletter mentions those recorded in Grosseto and Latina), are not RECOGNIZED anywhere in Italy because Italian law does not permit same-gender marriage.

    Therefore, although recording is a step in the right direction, it is only a baby step because it does not affect the legal status of the couples in Italy, where they are considered unmarried.

    More important are the six bills now before the Italian parliament providing for the legalization of same-gender civil marriage or same-gender civil unions. The Newsletter gives details.

  2. In our post of a few minutes ago, “six bills” in the last paragraph should be “five bills.”

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