The European Parliament approved an amendment to the text of the resolution on the rule of law
which “condemns the instructions given by the Italian government to the municipality of Milan to suspend the registration of the adoptions of same-parent couples”. The amendment was tabled by the Liberal Democrat group Renew Europe and also had the support of Socialists & Democrats, Greens and the Left. The mayor of Milan Beppe Sala himself asked for the intervention of the European institutions yesterday in Brussels: «I am here before Parliament, also on behalf of other mayors of the main Italian cities, to ask you to discuss and find a solution regarding the registrations and rights of children and rainbow families, as well as marriage equality”, Sala had declared, explaining in a press conference for the benefit of the European audience that “the law in Italy is very complex: it prohibits practices that allow people of the same sex to become parents. As you know we have civil unions, but we do not have marriage equality. And medical assistance for procreation is guaranteed only to heterosexual couples. While surrogacy is prohibited for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.” And the European Parliament today responded to Sala’s appeal, explicitly pointing the finger at the stop to transcripts imposed by the government of Giorgia Meloni.
Split European centre-right
Italy’s condemnation of the ban on transcriptions has split the European People’s Party, the continental conservative political family. In the vote, passed by show of hands and with a majority so solid as not to require electronic counting, the Forza Italia delegation voted compactly in defense of the work of the Meloni government. But other delegations, in particular those of the Nordic countries and the Portuguese one, would have voted in favor of the political signal in defense of rainbow families. Their contribution – according to reports from theHandle – would indeed have been decisive for the approval of the amendment, adding to the solid support of the S&D, Greens and Renew. The popular German delegation, one of the most numerous in the Eurochamber, would instead have left its followers free to vote.
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