Italy: Senate votes against same-sex adoption

This morning the Italian Senate defeated an amendment to the new Italian law on adoptions that would have allowed both singles and same-sex couples first to receive minors in foster care and subsequently  to adopt them.

Senators were alerted to the fact that the provision, rather than being simply an improvement of the complicated bureaucratic procedure governing adoptions in Italy, would in fact have introduced same-sex adoption – and thus the hypothesis of “homosexual parenthood” – in Italy, by a letter sent to each of them by Sì alla famiglia (Yes to the Family), a committee of Catholic and Evangelical associations.

The fight in Italy continues, but the incident shows that by determined and timely action some proposals can be defeated, particularly when their “real” scope and purpose is explained to MPs who would otherwise have voted according to instructions given by their group leaders.