Italian law may not protect gay rights, but that might not be a problem anymore: the courts can grant them on a case-by-case basis to individuals. Over the last two months, several Italian courts granted Italian same-sex couples full legal recognition of parenthood of their children.
This may not seem very significant in the United States, where plenty of gay couples adopt or have children through a surrogate mother or a sperm donor. But it is a revolutionary step toward equality in Italy, where same-sex adoption and surrogacy are illegal.
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