Rome, May 13 - The center-left candidate for mayor of Rome on Monday pledged to issue civil-union certificates for same-sex couples. "Diversity is a resource," said Ignazio Marino of the Democratic Party in his statement announcing the platform. Marino, a Senator and a surgeon, added that his administration would also introduce programs in schools aimed at educating children on gay rights. He will run against incumbent centre-right mayor Gianni Alemanno, the candidate of Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Marcello De Vito, and businessman Alfio Marchini in elections scheduled for May 26 and 27. Italy currently does not recognize any type of same-sex unions.
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