ITALY’S senate has passed a bill allowing same-sex civil unions to be legally recognised.

The move comes as the most recent development in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s goal to align the country with the vaguely-defined region of western Europe.

However, the bill’s journey into passing has not been a smooth one. It was in the air for weeks before the upper house allowed it to pass – albeit, without the important adoption clause, which would allow same-sex couples to adopt children.

Nonetheless, this is a historic change for Italy, which until now had no legal protections or recognition for same-sex couples.

Despite this, some LGBT community groups have called the bill a betrayal, due to the omission of the marriage law.

Flavio Romani, president of the LGBT rights group Arcigay, told Reuters“This text once again does not take into consideration children who need definite laws and protection.

“The law that has come out of all this is lacking its heart.”

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