Italy's highest administrative court
has overturned a lower court's ruling that allowed cities to register
the foreign marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
According to the
AFP, cities from Rome to Naples and Milan had defied the
government's ban on such unions by registering the legal marriages of
gay couples which had taken place outside Italy's borders.
Last year, Interior Minister Angelino
Alfano issued an order banning the practice.
“Let us be clear. Marriages between
two people of the same sex is not contemplated under Italian law,
therefore the transcriptions made by local mayors are illegal,”
Alfano said in hailing the court's ruling.
The judge who issued the ruling was
accused of basing his decision on his Catholic faith. The Roman
Catholic Church, which plays an influential role in Italian politics,
is publicly opposed to the legal recognition of gay relationships.
Earlier this month, the government
introduced a gay-inclusive civil unions bill that is expected to
become law despite the church's opposition.
debates civil unions for gay couples.)