Italy leaves children of same-sex parents in limbo

Mar 18, 2023 by

By Davide Ghiglione, BBC:

In 2018, Maria Silvia Fiengo and Francesca Pardi were among Italy’s first same-sex couples to be registered as parents.

The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, took a progressive stance and allowed children born to parents of the same gender to be acknowledged in the absence of clear national legislation.

For Maria Silvia and Francesca – and their four children Margherita, twins Giorgio and Raffaele, and Antonio – being finally recognised as a household after years of legal challenges and discrimination was “truly incredible”.

This week, however, what was then seen as a major victory for equality and acceptance by the LGBT community was reversed.

Italy’s right-wing government instructed Milan’s city council to stop registering the children of same-sex parents, reigniting a debate around Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s conservative agenda.

Families, activists and political opponents are to protest against the ban in Milan on Saturday.

Ms Meloni, who leads the far-right Brothers of Italy party, made anti-LGBT rhetoric a cornerstone of her electoral campaign, promising to protect traditional values.

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