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Gay marriage validated in Italian democracy.
(Blogmensgo, gay blog on May 1, 2014) For the first time in Italy, the Court of Grosseto, Tuscany, held valid a marriage that two Italian men had contracted in New York. However, judgment of 9 April is appealable.
Judge Paolo Cesare Ottati found, as requested by the couple's lawyer, Claudio Boccini that there was "no reference to the notion of gender" on the civil registers of Grosseto. So he immediately ordered the registrars of Grosseto to record on their records the marriage of designer and architect Giuseppe Chigiotti with journalist Stefano Bucci. The two men, aged 68 and 57, were married in New York December 6, 2012.
The judge's decision comes as Ottati gay marriage remains officially illegal in Italy. But "new and more extensive designs, including that of marriage between two persons of the same sex," must now be considered in the wedding business, said the judge.
The couple had assigned Grosseto court in March 2014 after the refusal of the municipal authorities to register their marriage. Emilio Bonifazi, Mayor of Grosseto, said its services would comply without delay with the court order. Promise kept: from April 14 , that is to say today, the general secretary of the town, Mario Venanzi, transcribed in the register of civil status the provisions of the ordinance that the mayor had received notification on 11 April. Giuseppe Stefano and can therefore pick up their marriage certificate now.
Fabrizio Marrazzo, spokesman for the association Gay Center, called the mayors of major cities of the center-left (Bari, Milan, Naples, Rome, Naples and Turin) to immediately as Bonifazi Grosseto and its mayor.
Francesco Verusio, Grosseto prosecutor, said he would appeal the judgment April 16, 2014. Decision of the judge and the mayor was strongly criticized by various religious authorities.
Comment. A fad judge? Not at all. Of course, Italy has not legalized gay marriage or even instituted a PACS, be it at a discount. But in this country with a strong Catholic majority, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court have had the opportunity to remind the legislature that it is required to enact a non-discriminatory law, so legalize unions between persons of same sex.
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