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Tens of thousands take part in Rome's Gay Pride march

Published on Jun 8, 2014 6:37 AM
 
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Rome on Saturday for the city's annual Gay Pride parade and to call on the Italian government to recognise civil unions for same-sex couples. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Tens of thousands took to the streets of Rome on Saturday for the city's annual Gay Pride parade and to call on the Italian government to recognise civil unions for same-sex couples.  

The march was held in a party atmosphere, with bright lights and rainbow flags adorning the Via del Corso in the centre of the city.

Ignazio Marino, Rome's left-wing mayor, opened the procession by repeating his campaign promise to pass legislation allowing civil unions for gay couples.  

"We need to put pressure on parliament so Italy can overcome the shame of lagging behind the rest of the European Union," Mr Marino said.

 
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