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That's Amoré! 11 Irresistible Images of What Happened When Rome Recognized Same-Sex Marriages

That's Amoré! 11 Irresistible Images of What Happened When Rome Recognized Same-Sex Marriages


Rome's mayor defied the central government by performing a ceremony to register same-sex couples who were married abroad.

Rome's mayor is rebelling against Italy's government by registering same-sex couples who are legally married in their home countries as "couples married abroad," reports Reuters.

Although the ceremony mayor Ignazio Marino performed for 16 couples this weekend was largely symbolic, it wasn't without substance. By registering the couples as legally wed foreigners, each of the 32 people now has some standing in terms of inheritance, property rights and other important legal issues in Italy. "Today is a splendid day," Marino said, according to reports, as he saluted the couples.

To be clear, same-sex marriage itself remains illegal in Italy. However, as the photos demonstrate, things are changing in the world's home of Roman Catholicism.

457423758x633_0 Rome's mayor, Ignazio Marino (center), poses with gay families after he registered 16 same-sex marriages on October 18 at the city hall reception room.

457424582x633_0 Police stand guard as a group protests in front of Rome's city hall during the registration.

457423920x633_0 Ignazio Marino (center), speaks with Dario De Gregorio and Andrea Rubera (right) and their children after he registered their marriage.

457424058x633_0 Patrizia Bonamici and Cristina Franchini kiss after Marino registered their marriage.

457424002x633_0 Marino (center) poses with Tommaso Giartosio and Gianfranco Goretti (right) and their children.

457424024x633_0 Marino speaks with Emanuele Bacchi (left) and Alves Da Silva (right).

457423938x633_0 Marino (center) speaks with Maria Rosa Ciccopedi and Ornella Oliva (right) after he registered their marriage.

457424072x633_0 Marino (left) registers the marriage of Johnatan Dominic Spada (center) and Fabrizio Maffeo.

457424408x633_0 Marino poses with Lorenzo Biagini and Paolo Sordini (right).

457424630x633_0 Marino (center) poses with a couple after registering their marriage.

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