Italy Becomes Final EU Nation To Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions
Italy became the final EU nation to recognize same-sex civil unions, though some activists say the ruling doesn't do enough for gay Italians.By Grant Suneson | May 11, 2016
Italy has become the final country in the European Union to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples.
Italian gay rights activists had to fight an uphill battle against the Vatican's anti-gay stance. More than 80 percent of Italians are Catholic, so the pope still holds a lot of sway over the country.
Italy faced pressure to pass the law from the rest of the continent after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that failing to recognize same-sex unions is a human rights violation.