Italian Senate approves civil unions for gay and heterosexual couples

Politicians in Rome have approved a bill recognizing civil unions for same sex and heterosexual couples. However, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had to water down the legislation a great deal for the Upper House’s approval. Prime Minister Renzi would have had to resign had he lost Thursday’s vote, but 173 members voted for the bill

Italy kicks off long awaited debate on same-sex civil unions

Italy has finally begun debating a bill to allow same-sex couples to enter civil unions. The debate began on the 14th of October, 2015 on the long-awaited bill, which has the support of Premier Matteo Renzi. Although the debate began this week, campaigners are not holding their breath as the issue is a contentious one,

Poland rejects civil unions for the fourth time

On the 28th of May, 2015 Poland has rejected civil unions for the fourth time. The parliament voted to table the discussion of the proposed law which would allow same-sex couples to have similar rights to opposite-sex married couples. Less than a third of MPs, 146, voted for the discussion, with 215 voting against. 24

Chilean president signs civil unions bill

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a bill into law that will allow gays and lesbians in the South American country to enter into civil unions. “The civil union law is a vindication in the struggle for sexual diversity rights,” said Bachelet during the signing ceremony that took place at the Presidential Palace in

Peru congressman inspired by Hitler to block gay civil unions

Ruben Condori Cusi says he was inspired by Hitler’s Mein Kampf to block a bill that would have seen same-sex couples legally recognized for the first time in Peru.  A Peru congressman has said he was inspired by Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf to block civil unions for same-sex couples. Ruben Condori Cusi, a congressman for

No civil unions for Peru as bill is blocked by Congressional Committee

Members of Peru’s Congress will not get to vote on whether same-sex couples should be able to enter into civil unions for the second time in 5 years after a legal committee blocked the bill from moving forward. Same-sex couples in Peru will continue to lack legal recognition of their relationships after a bill to

Rome recognizes gay civil unions

Mayor hopes the capital’s example will lead to full marriage equality. Rome yesterday (January 28) recognized gay civil unions by approving the establishment of a civil union register for same-sex couples. The city council voted in an amendment saying that gay marriages contracted abroad are to be automatically transcribed into the newly created register. Mayor

Chile gives final approval to gay civil unions

Bill gives civil partners nearly all the rights of married couples. Lawmakers in socially conservative Chile have given final approval to gay civil unions after more than four years of legislative wrangling. The senate yesterday (January) passed the Civil Union Accord bill by a 25 to 6 vote margin with three abstentions, a week after the lower