The Lower House of Italy’s parliament Wednesday (10 June) passed a motion on gay civil unions for the first time.
Several similar measures have been rejected in the past.
The motion, proposed by the ruling Democratic Party, commits the government ‘to promote the adoption of a law on civil unions, particularly with regard to the condition of the people of same sex.’
The government must also ”ensure equal treatment throughout the nation.’
Premier Matteo Renzi and Justice Minister Andrea Orlando have both long called for a civil unions law.
After Catholic-majority Ireland legalized gay marriage by referendum in May, Renzi said: ‘Civil unions cannot be delayed any longer.’
Socially conservative Italy is now the only country in Western Europe that does not recognize either gay marriage or civil unions.