Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Italy, demanding legal recognition for same-sex couples. The rallies were held as lawmakers are due to debate the deeply divisive issue next week. Opponents of the bill in the mainly Catholic nation are planning to held their own demonstration next Saturday.
Italy is the only major Western European country with no civil partnerships or gay marriage. Last year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Italy had violated human rights by failing to offer enough legal protection for same-sex couples .On Saturday, protesters said gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to have civil unions and legally recognized families. (BBC News, 2016)