Italy: Genoa set to recognise same-sex couples in register
Genoa, March 28 - The Genoa city executive on Thursday voted unanimously to introduce a new register of unmarried couples that will be open to gays.
''The new civil unions register contains very simple norms that gives unmarried couples and married ones the same rights.
All couples now have access to it, regardless of sex'', explained Elena Fiorini, the city's executive councillor for rights.
Fiorini added that these couples will be able to "celebrate civil unions at city hall, just like weddings". The measure will now go to the city council assembly for final approval. Same-sex civil unions are not recognised by Italian law, even in the case of gay couples who get married outside Italy in countries where there are.
But on the regional level, Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Umbria all have statutes providing same-sex couples some form of legal recognition.