In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2016 file photo, people gather during a gay rights demonstration in Milan, Italy. On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 the Italian Senate will plunge into a debate on proposed legislation to grant legal recognition to ''civil unions,'' including of homosexual couples, without equating those partnerships to marriage. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Italian gay rights debate prompts rethink of sacred family (access required)

ROME — In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family? That has become a bitterly divisive question in a nation where the Vatican packs considerable political weight and where gays have grown impatient as other traditionally Catholic European countries have either allowed same-sex couples to ...

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