Update on the legalities of gay weddings in Italy.
Following the approval of the same sex civil union bill by the Italian Senate in February 2016, Jo Daye from Accent Events provides an update on what this means for Gay Weddings in Italy.
The approval of the same sex civil union bill in Italy is indeed a step in the right direction. However, it comes with a feeling of further discrimination as in order for the civil union bill to be approved one of the provisions to allow gay couples adoption rights was removed – leaving gay couples with restrictive adoption laws which can lead to gay parents having no legal rights over their children, a major disappointment.
For now the focus is on the positive which is that the civil union bill allows the right for the couple to share a surname, draw on their partner’s pension when they die and inherit each other’s assets in the same way as married heterosexual couples. In order for this all to happen same sex couples are now allowed an official ceremony to take place in Italy’s Comune – Town Halls.
As the civil union does not have the full rights of a civil marriage it is not possible to apply the same legal agreements and therefore a new agreements were required to be written.
It is still a relatively new process for Italian citizens as well as for international couples. There are some differences to the planning and preparation of documents of a civil union ceremony compared to that of a civil wedding.
The most important difference is that in the process there is a mandatory period between the first meeting the couple will have at the town hall in Italy and the day of the actual civil union ceremony takes place. Currently this is at least 15 days but a town hall could ask for more time to check all the documents.
The mandatory period between the first meeting at the Town Hall and the date of the civil union ceremony may make it difficult for those couples who live in long distance countries to meet the necessary requirements.
If you would like to find out more about the legal process and alternative options available for those wanting a gay wedding in Italy, please contact Jo on the form below.
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