Italy’s lower house of parliament has voted 369-193 in favour of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s bill to introduce same-sex civil unions.
To become law, there will be final vote later today around 6pm local time.
With a healthy majority, this is likely going to be the case.
Despite the attempts from opposition politicians to block the bill, they did win on two fronts.
A section, which required the need for faithfulness and fidelity in a civil union, was removed due to fears that requiring a gay couple to not cheat would be ‘too similar to marriage’. This means that adultery would not be a specific reason for a same-sex couple to dissolve their civil union.
Another part, which allowed person to adopt their same-sex partner’s biological child, was also removed.
Italy is the last major western European country to formally recognize same-sex unions.