Italian lawmakers all but passed legislation today to allow same-sex civil unions in the country.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote this afternoon that he had called to push through legal recognition for same-sex couples.
The vote passed 369-193 in favor, allowing those in homosexual unions the same legal protections as heterosexual married couples.
To become law, the bill, which also gives some rights to unmarried heterosexual couples, must be formally approved by the lower house later today. However, this is considered to be a mere formality as the confidence vote was seen as the major hurdle to overcome.
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