Italy: Politics under the Vatican’s Glare

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On June 6, 2006, in a document titled “Family and human procreation,” the Pontifical Council for the Family asserted its strong commitment to the traditional family and its opposition to gay couples, whose attempts to obtain legal recognition would produce, according to the paper, the “eclipse of God” in modern society. The Council, a Vatican institution, condemned the proposal to put homosexual and heterosexual couples on the same level, arguing that “unusual couples” should not be allowed to obtain the same rights granted to “usual” ones, because only a “form of love between a man and a woman” should be considered as the foundation of the human family.

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