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Italy OKs gay civil unions despite strong church opposition




ROME (Reuters) Italy’s parliament approved same-sex civil unions and gave some rights to unmarried heterosexual couples on Wednesday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called a confidence vote to force the bill into law.

Italy is the last major Western country to legally recognize gay couples and an original draft law had to be heavily diluted due to divisions in Renzi’s ruling majority.

The bill had faced stiff opposition from Catholic groups who said it went too far, while gay activists said it was too timid.

While parliament was voting, gay rights groups gathered outside with a banner reading: “This is just the beginning.”

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