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Italian MP asks court to recognize her same-sex marriage

Four other couples also filed request

Italian MP asks court to recognize her same-sex marriage

(ANSA) - Rome, October 3 - Italy's first openly lesbian MP, Paola Concia, filed a request in Rome's Civil Court Wednesday to ask for her same-sex marriage contract to be legally recognized. Concia, gay spokesperson for the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), exchanged vows with Ricarda Trautmann, a German criminologist, last August in Frankfurt. Four other couples appealed to the Court for the same reason. Concia came out in 2002 after working for the PD for several years. She became an MP in 2008 and has become a prominent activist for equal rights for gays and hate-crime laws against gay-bashing. "There is a legislative gap in Italy. We are out of time and touch. Hopefully this will encourage parties to stand behind legislation (in favor of gay marriage)".

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