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First overseas same-sex marriage legally recognized in Italy

First overseas same-sex marriage legally recognized in Italy

An Italian court has recognized the marriage of an Italian same-sex couple in a legal first – finding that there is no reference to the genders of who can marry in Italy’s civil code.

The couple took the municipality of Grosseto to court after its registrar refused to register their overseas marriage in New York in December of 2012 – finding that Italian jurisdictions should recognize any marriage that was legally conducted abroad.

Giuseppe Chigiotti told Republic TV that he and husband Stefano Bucci took the matter to court because they had no faith that Italian lawmakers would act on the issue.

‘If we appeal to justice, it is only because we do not have confidence in the Italian political class, we know that in Italy it will never be possible,’ Chigotti said.

‘Politicians are gay, even married, who do not reveal their homosexuality, and maybe were married abroad.’