According to the European Court of Human Rights, Italy has failed same-sex couples and should work on providing rights for them.
The ruling from the Strasbourg court of seven judges says that Italian same-sex couples need rights, and it is the only major western European country without any marriage equality or even civil union laws.
Their statement reads: “The Court considered that the legal protection currently available in Italy to same-sex couples … not only failed to provide for the core needs relevant to a couple in a stable committed relationship, but it was also not sufficiently reliable.”
Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, has now pledged to introduce a law on civil unions by the end of the year.
This statement from him was apparently made, to appease the gay junior minister Ivan Scalfarotto, who had fasted for 20 days in order to raise awareness of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in Italy.
However, the draft legislation has been blocked in the Senate by thousands of amendments from the opposition.