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Berlusconi would recognise common-law unions, gays included

Centre right will change civil code 'if majority allows'

Berlusconi would recognise common-law unions, gays included

(see related story on Berlusconi) Rome, January 7 - Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi said Monday that the centre right would pass legislation to recognise common-law marriages, including those between people of the same sex, if it wins a strong majority in next month's general elections. Berlusconi nodded when asked on an Italian radio show if he was in favour of granting legal status to couples who live together, including gays, and added that the centre right would address the issue "if there is a majority that makes it possible to change the civil code".

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