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.
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.”