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Italy’s supreme court to rule on same-sex marriage this week

Timothy Kincaid

April 13th, 2010

From On-Top Magazine

Italy’s highest court is expected to rule on a gay marriage case this week, Italian media is reporting.

The court will meet in closed session to discuss a large number of appeals – including the gay marriage case – on Tuesday and Wednesday. In March, the court postponed making a decision until after Easter.

And the race continues. Will Italy or Portugal be the eighth nation to recognize same-sex marriages?

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TampaZeke
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Or Iceland. Don’t forget that they are very much in the race to be next.

In fact, after Portugal, I would put my money on Iceland.

Grant
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

I’d be ecstatic for a tie on this one!

Timothy Kincaid
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Zeke,

I keep looking for movement on the issue in Iceland, but I don’t see much. Do you have better info?

daftpunkydavid
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

a measured dose of restraint is in order, folks. the ruling in italy has a variety of ways it could be coming down. so maybe we should just wait a little before starting the party. but i’l be the first to sing “laciante mi cantare” (sp?) lol

tavdy79
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Portugal, Iceland, Nepal, in that order. The Italian judges are almost definitely Catholics, and the chances of Pope Ratty not holding over them the threat of excommunication is pretty damned low IMO. He might be willing to voerlook it in Portugal, but Italy is literally his back yard.

Ben Mathis
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Icelandic parliment already discussed same-sex marriage one time. It must come before them a second time after being assigned to a special committee (which is quite busy right now) but then they refer it back to the parliment, where it can be voted into law. When it was brought up recently for the first of the two required times, there were no objections. With a lesbian prime minister, and the fact it was never really an issue here, I foresee smooth sailing. The only holdup is that all the financial issues are taking priority of this committee’s time.

Timothy Kincaid
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Ben,

Can you please email or comment here once this goes through committee or back to parliament?

thanks

daftpunkydavid
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

and they ruled against it… http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/04/13/bloomberg1376-L0VE4A0YHQ0X-2.DTL

tavdy79
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

From daftpunkydavid’s link:

“Italy is one of the few western European countries without legislation on same-sex couples.”

The other western European hold-outs are all microstates – Jersey, Mann, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican & Malta – and of these several are making moves towards equality.

Timothy Kincaid
April 14th, 2010 | LINK

Tavdy and dpdavid,

I’m not sure exactly how you are defining European Countries or Western Europe, but my list of European nations without some form of partner recognition includes:

Albania
Belerus
Bosnia – Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Cyprus
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Greece
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Malta
Macedonia
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Poland
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Ukraine

oh, and of course, the Vatican City

I hadn’t include the British Crown protectorates but probably should.

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