The powerful anti-gay religious right embedded within the Italian government managed to weaken a bill that will allow minimal legal recognitionÂ of same-sex unions.
Italy's Senate today passed a billÂ Premier Matteo Renzi is calling "historic," but LGBT civil rights groups are not satisfied. If it passes the lower house, the Camera dei Deputati, orÂ Chamber of Deputies, it will afford same-sex couples the most basic legal recognitionsÂ â€“ and the least in all of Western Europe. Today's vote wasÂ 173-71.
Italy's strong religious right managed to wedge concessions into the bill, tossing out the ability for same-sex couples to legally adopt children.
In doing so, Italy's "center-right claimed a victory for having whittled down the original text," the AP reports.
"We prevented an anthropological revolution against nature," interior ministerÂ Angelino Alfano (photo) bragged. Alfano is alsoÂ the head of Italy's New Center-Right party.
LGBT groups expressed disappointment.
"We are outraged, angry, disappointed," Marilena Grassadonia, president of Rainbow Families told the AP. "We can't believe that in 2016 ... in a country like Italy which is so proud to be part of this Europe, that it's possible to make a law on civil unions without considering children who should be protected as Italian citizens and discriminated minors."
She added, "they have sold off our children for a deal."
Labeling the legislation "watered-down," The Guardian called it "a bittersweet victory for advocates of LGBT rights," but notes had the bill failed, "Renzi would have had to resign."
EarlierÂ this month, Italian SenatorÂ Roberto Formigoni posted this tweet predicting the bill would fail.
Odore della sconfitta su #CirinnÃ sta procurando crisi isteriche gravi su gay,lesbiche,bi-transessuali e checche varie. Non Ã¨ bello,poverini
â€” Roberto Formigoni (@r_formigoni) February 6, 2016
He is now being excoriated by some on Twitter and online for its message, which some are calling homophobic and a representation of the environment against same-sex couples by some lawmakers in Italy:
â€” Stefano (@BornToCat) February 25, 2016
Other responses to today's passage, via Twitter:
â€” James Esseks (@JamesEsseks) February 25, 2016
â€” Gianni Riotta (@riotta) February 24, 2016
Marilena Grassadonia, presidente delle Famiglie Arcobaleno: "Hanno svenduto i nostri figli per un accordo... https://t.co/R8xxV6wZ7C
â€” Gaystatale (@GaystataleMi) February 23, 2016
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