The 14 judges of the Constitutional Court ruled that marriage should be open to same-sex couples and also that different-sex couples should have the option of availing of registered partnerships.
The Italian Chamber of Deputies has voted in favour of a civil union bill in a final vote.
Blocking same-sex couples from obtaining residence permits for family reunification purposes purely because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory – that is the message of equality coming from Strasbourg.
A large majority of parliamentarians voted to extend adoption rights to same-sex couples.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that state-level bans on equal marriage are unconstitutional.