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Renzi falters as Catholics squeeze Italy’s gay unions bill

February 22
18:38 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi admitted Monday he may have to surrender key parts of the gay civil unions bill if he has any chance of overcoming Catholic dissent to get it through parliament. The draft law has run into stiff opposition not only from Italy's right wing, but also from the government's coalition partner, the New Centre Left, and members of the premier's own centre-left Democratic Party (PD). "U-turn by the PM," read the headline in La Stampa daily, after Renzi said he did not have the numbers to pass the bill as is.

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