In what is being referred to as a rejection of Vatican influence into Italian politics, the Italian Parliament voted in a civil unions bill this week, becoming the final nation in the 28-member European Union to do so.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had called a confidence vote, as a way to prevent further delays and amendments, and he received a victory of 369-193. A later vote on the actual bill in the lower house of Parliament resulted in a tally of 372-51, with 99 abstentions, paving the way for civil unions to become the law of the land. The Senate had already approved the bill in February.
In their news report of the decisive vote, The New York Times stated:
“It was a historic occasion for a nation that is still dominated by the Roman Catholic Church, which opposed the measure, and where traditional family norms are still strong.”
Source: Bondings 2.0