Italian Senate Passes Bill Recognizing Same-sex Civil Unions

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Italy has taken a step towards joining its neighbors in western Europe by passing a civil unions bill that would afford legal recognition to same-sex couples for the first time.

Despite efforts to derail the legislation from the Roman Catholic church and last-minute political maneuvering by opponents of the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, the Senate approved the legislation.

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