Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, on Saturday announced he would back plans for a civil union registry and the registration of gay couples' foreign marriages.

According to the blog Agere per Formulas, Marino made his announcement moments before the start of Rome's Gay Pride Parade, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The news comes after Fano late last month became the first Italian town to register the marriage of a gay couple without a court order and Luigi De Magistris, the mayor of Naples, signaled his willingness to register the foreign marriages of gay couples.

While creation of a civil union registry requires the approval of the Rome City Council, it's believed that sufficient support exists on the 49-member council.

Marino, a prominent transplant surgeon who was elected mayor of Rome last June, grabbed headlines in announcing his support for marriage equality.

“By training I am a surgeon. I see either black or white,” Marino said last year during a HuffPost Live interview. “A few weeks ago a lot of people were surprised, because they asked me the same question. And what I answer is, 'Look I believe that if a couple loves each other, they should get married.' I don't see where the problem is.”