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Married Italian Gay Couple Interviewed By Local Paper

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Italian Hawaiian Wedding

Some friends of ours who married last year in Hawaii were interviewed by Milena Montefiori of the Resto del Carlino Forlì newspaper.

Here’s our translation of the interview – there’s also a second article about same sex marriage in Italy in the linked article:


Married in Hawaii and The Government There Recognizes It

It was a beautiful wedding day: on the beach in Hawaii, at sunset. Bruno (a pseudonym), whi has lived in Forli for half his life, recounts with some emotion the day he married his partner.

RdCF: How long have you been together?

Bruno: For 13 years and two months.

RdCF: Why did you decide to take this big step?

Bruno: After living together for years, the idea was in the air. We thought that if we waited for Italian law to catch up, who knows when we would be able to marry. And so, when the opportunity presented itself in the US, we did it.

RdCF: What opportunity?

Bruno: We have some American friends that we met years ago during a discussion of marriage equality on Facebook. They had a house in Hawaii and they were our hosts.

RdCF: You lived the dream of many couples. But how much did it cost?

Bruno: Considering that we did not have to pay for nightly lodging, we spent about two thousand Euro a person, including the round-trip flight.

RdCF: And for the wedding, what steps did you have to take, and how much did it cost?

Bruno: In the US, it’s very simple. After having paid a fee of about $100, we chose an officiant and the type of ceremony.

RdCF: What was your wedding ceremony like?

Bruno: No frills, otherwise it would have been crazy-expensive. And afterwards, we celebrated with a group of American friends. Then we went on our honeymoon. Obviously, not with matrimonial leave; we used some of our regular days off.

RdCF: And when you returned to Forli? Did you celebrate?

Bruno: Yes, with my husband’s family that accepts us. They were very happy for us.

RdCF: Now, your marriage, where is it valid?

Bruno: In the US, for now only in the states that recognize marriage equality. And it should be recognized also in countries that recognize same sex marriage.

RdCF: Why is the registration of your marriage important to you?

Bruno: It would be a small step forward to make people here more comfortable with the idea of same sex marriage. Until then, however, we prefer to remain anonymous.

RdCF: Have you seen the judicial ruling in Grosseto that ordered the registration of a marriage between two men?

Bruno: Sure, we hope that it opens the door for our LGBT rights.


See the original article in Italian here.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

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Italian Gay Couple Weds in Hawaii, Prepares to Return to Italy

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Italian Gay Couple Marries

We thought we’d share a little more happy, personal news. Two friends of ours, Fabrizio and Marco, just married on a beach in Hawaii at sunset. Their wedding took place on Kauai at Tunnels beach on September 24th, and they are now fully legally married in the US.

The wedding was a beautiful ceremony, attended by Mark and I and the wonderful officiant, Kate Sample. Marco and Fabrizio wrote their own vows, which brought the rest of us to tears. They’ve been waiting a long time to do this – together almost 13 years, they are unable to marry back home in Italy, and the last time they were here, marriage equality was illegal in California.

We had planned a trip at that time to Washington state, where it was legal, but the anti gay forces snatched that possibility away when they put the ultimately futile measure on the ballot to try to block marriage equality.

Now, as our dear friends prepare to return home to Italy, they have to face the news that the Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, is pandering to right-wing voters by stating that the country will not recognize any same sex weddings from other countries. In one small ray of good news, the mayor of Bologna, the region where Fabrizio and Marco live, is standing up for the rights of same sex couples and refusing to annul their marriages.

Still, they face a long uphill battle against the country and the Catholic Church for recognition at home.

Here are some more photos of the happy couple – enjoy!

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

Italian Gay Couple Marries

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

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