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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Surreal debate about gay marriage in Italy

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi wants to put a draft law on legal recognition for same-sex partnerships which was introduced in parliament months ago to the vote in the next few days. The debate has become surreal, the liberal conservative daily Corriere della Sera comments acerbically: "It's all about one word: marriage. And woe betide anyone who complains about it. In this way language has become the last bastion against the law. Any mention of marriage is forbidden in the new law on recognition of homosexual partnerships. And it's definitely out of the question to give the partners the same rights as married couples enjoy. That would be unconstitutional, immoral and in fact nothing short of criminal. But if all parallels with marriage are taboo, what exactly is the law supposed to refer to? The funeral? In terms of clarity the 23 clauses of the law don't exactly seem to have been penned by a Tacitus; instead they come across as a linguistic balancing act."

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