Luigi De Magistris, the mayor of Naples, Italy, has signaled his willingness to register the foreign marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

The news, provided by the blog Agere per Formulas, comes after Fano on Friday became the first Italian town to register the marriage of a gay couple without a court order.

(Related: Mayor of Italian town first to register marriage of gay couple without a court order.)

Flavio Romani, the president of Arcigay, Italy's largest LGBT rights advocate, applauded the move.

“This is the difference between those who simply preach rights and those who put them into practice with concrete actions that have real impact on people's lives,” Romani said. “The mayors of Naples and Fano rely on the sense of justice repeatedly invoked by the High Courts, and implement a practice not only right but necessary.”

Romani encouraged all mayors to follow de Magistris' example.

Since 2012, Naples has offered a gay-inclusive civil union registry.