PdL's Galan to propose bill on civil rights for gay couples

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Reposted from Life in Italy: http://www.lifeinitaly.com/news/en/194967

Rome, May 27 - Centre-right politician Giancarlo Galan said Monday that he intends to introduce a bill this week that would recognize the civil rights of gay couples.

And, he added, he is confident that he will have support from colleagues within ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.

"In the PdL, there are many who think like me...Then there are others who do not want to expose themselves, but I have confidence" in their support, Galan, chairman of the House committee on culture, said in a television interview.

Galan said that he supports the rights of gay and lesbian parents to adopt, but added that he won't include that measure in his proposed legislation.

Sandro Bondi, a senior member of the PdL, spoke in defence of extending basic rights to gay couples over the weekend.

"I just do not understand why Catholics have to do battle against those who call for the recognition of unions between homosexuals," said Bondi, who was quoted Saturday by the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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