Renzi drawn into Italian civil unions bill debate

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By Sarah Taylor  with AFP
Renzi drawn into Italian civil unions bill debate

<p>With the Italian parliament in deadlock, <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/italys-renzi-threatens-confidence-vote-over-gay-civil-192451451.html">Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been drawn into the debate</a> over legal recognition and protection for gay couples.</p> <p>He has committed to bringing the civil unions bill to fruition, threatening a confidence vote in his government in a bid to galvanise the stalled discussions.</p> <p>“I hope that in a few days we can end the debating game being played in the senate, then go to parliament and approve the bill quickly,” he said.</p> <p>At issue is whether or not to allow a partner in a same-sex couple to adopt the biological child of the other partner. Pro-Vatican senators within Renzi’s Democratic Party are refusing to back the bill if adoption is permitted. </p> <p>The main parties in the government will discuss the situation on Tuesday (February 23) ahead of debates in the senate.</p> <p>A confidence vote, should it take place, would be expected within a week.</p>