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Italian Mayors Defy Government On Same-Sex Marriages

"How can you not call this love?" tweeted Roman Mayor Ignazio Marino Saturday as he transcribed the marriages of 16 same-sex couples.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:56 p.m. ET

Posted on October 18, 2014, at 2:59 p.m. ET

#romatrascrive Giornata storica per Roma

Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino became the latest city leader to record the marriages of same-sex couples performed abroad, violating a pronouncement by Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano that doing so is a violation of Italian law.

"Today is a special day that I hope will soon become a normal day," Marino tweeted.

Oggi è un giorno speciale che spero diventi presto un giorno normale #romatrascrive

Ignazio Marino@ignaziomarinoFollow

Oggi รจ un giorno speciale che spero diventi presto un giorno normale #romatrascrive

6:16 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sixteen couples had their marriages transcribed on Saturday. In recording their Unions, Marino is following the lead of the mayors of cities including Milan and Naples, who have also gone against Alfano's pronouncement. It also comes as Catholic Church leaders meeting in Vatican City retreated from draft language on "welcoming homosexual persons" in a declaration on the family.

Marino tweeted that he greeted the couples by quoting a poem by Pablo Neruda, "If you can stay close to me."

Ecco le 16 coppie. Le ho salutate citando "Se saprai starmi vicino" di Neruda #romatrascrive

Ignazio Marino@ignaziomarinoFollow

Ecco le 16 coppie. Le ho salutate citando "Se saprai starmi vicino" di Neruda #romatrascrive

5:59 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Parliament has been under orders from the courts to pass legislation to recognize same-sex couples since 2010, but it has not acted. The country's Supreme Court again ordered the parliament to act in June in a ruling that also explicitly said that same-sex marriages could not be recognized under existing law.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said he wants to pass legislation, but Interior Minister Alfano has remained the biggest roadblock. Alfano leads a bloc of parliamentarians who had been loyal to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who joined with Renzi's Democratic Party to form a government. The Democratic Party controls only 40 percent of seats on its own, and Alfano threatened in February to bring down the government if it tried to pass same-sex marriage.

"How can you not call this love?" Marino wrote, tweeting this picture:

Come si fa a non chiamarlo amore? #romatrascrive

Ignazio Marino@ignaziomarinoFollow

Come si fa a non chiamarlo amore? #romatrascrive

5:20 AM - 18 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite