In Vatican and Rome alike, slow progress on gay rights | World news |

In Vatican and Rome alike, slow progress on gay rights | World news |
Rome’s mayor, Ignazio Marino, poses with Tommaso Giartosio and Gianfranco Goretti after he registered their marriage. Photograph: Marco Ravagli/Barcroft Media

Italy would not be Italy if it were not reflecting faithfully the divisions that have brought turmoil to the leadership of the Catholic church. While on Saturday the Vatican was revealing that conservative bishops had blocked even a distinctly guarded welcome to “men and women of homosexual tendencies”, 16 gay couples whose marriages abroad had just been formally registered by the mayor of Rome were being hustled out through a back exit of city hall to avoid a clash with protesters.

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