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Italian court orders town to recognize gay couple married abroad

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian court has ordered a town to recognize the marriage of a gay couple who were wed in the United States, a move that advocates of gay marriage, which is not allowed in Italy, hailed as a first step toward legality. In a decision announced late on Wednesday, the court in the Tuscan city of Grosseto said the town hall had to transcribe the marriage into its records, giving the two men the same rights as a heterosexual married couple.

Rome's gays toast the departure of an unloved pope

* Vatican helped prevent single-sex partnership law in Italy * Gays criticise pope's influence in developing world * Campaigner says Benedict competed with Islam, evangelicals By Robin Pomeroy ROME, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Across the road from the Colosseum, the ancient Roman stadium consecrated as a holy Christian site, clients at a busy bar are raising a glass to the pope: toasting the departure of the worst Church leader they can imagine.
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