A committee of
Italy's lower house of parliament will start to look at
civil union legislation in November, according to the AGI
news service. The lawmakers will consider various
proposals and combine them into a single bill.
Minister Romano Prodi pledged to pass a civil union
bill as part of this year's election campaign,
despite inevitable rage from the Vatican.
The bill is said to be similar to the United
Kingdom's civil partnership law, although it will also
include opposite-sex couples who are not married.
Partners would have to prove they have been together for a
set amount of time. Proposed are property and
inheritance rights for partners as well.
It remains unclear how the bill will progress
through the government, but it is most likely that the
center-right coalition and the Vatican will try to
Although Prodi supports civil unions for
same-sex couples, he opposes same-sex marriage.
(Hassan Mirza, Gay.com/U.K.)