The Italian American Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio made a phone call to the Mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino to express his support for the latter’s battle in favor of gay rights.
Mr Marino is embroiled in a dispute with the local Prefect after his decision to register a number of gay marriages celebrated abroad, thus giving them legal effects in Italy. Gay marriages are currently not allowed in Italy, despite a soft stance by the new Pope and the announcement by the Government that gay civil partnerships will be recognized.
The Prefect overruled Mr Marino’s decision acting on instructions from the conservative Minister of the Interior Angelino Alfano. However, the antics of the Italian public law have allowed the Mayor to leave the marriages of the public register, at least for now.