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It is celebrated in Catania the first civil union between two persons of the same sex . This afternoon at the Castello Ursino, in fact, will host the ceremony that will seal the registration in the Register of Civil Unions of a couple of women in Sicily, one of them from Catania; a brief ceremony, which marks the first entry in the register of non-heterosexual civil unions, since it was set up last year. To “celebrate” this union will be the mayor Enzo Bianco and according to rumors coming from the municipal offices may also be present regional president, Rosario Crocetta . Maximum restraint on the couple, who do not want the clamor of the press, although the city it is an important event in the affirmation of civil rights.
Dall ‘ Municipal Office for Civil Unions confirm, however, that since its establishment in the register so far have recorded eight unions , including the one that is celebrated today. The latter, however, is the first homosexual marriage that is being recorded. Previously only heterosexual unions were registered. In the course it would actually recording another union between a homosexual couple, but it is being improved because it would lack even a requirement of the requested set.
Recall that may apply for entry in the register the persons, both Italian citizens and non-EU foreigners; not linked to each other by marriage, kinship, affinity, adoption, guardianship; linked only by sentimental reasons and / or reasons of mutual material and moral assistance; Residents of Catania and cohabiting in the same household for at least one year of the date of submission of the application; both free to marry or in a state of separation for more than three years; not registered as a civil union other components. The civil union is defined as a stable coexistence between two persons of age not a marriage bond but emotional reasons or by mutual material and moral assistance.
The Regulations for the “Register of Civil Unions” was approved by the Catania City Council resolution no. 12 of 13 March 2014, resolution passed after six hours of debate, with 23 votes in favor, 1 against and 10 abstentions out of 34 members present. “Now the city of Catania is more civil, more tolerant, more open, more modern” he had commented the Mayor White , the day the approval of the regulation by the city assembly. The Register was strongly supported by the local authority and its establishment was already in the electoral program of White. The resolution of the junta was in fact approved on December 23, 2014. Prior to the debate in the classroom, White had intervened in the City Council emphasizing that are already about 150 cities that, from Milan to Palermo, Siracusa, Italy have chosen to adopt the Register.